Encyclopedia SpongeBobia


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If you were looking for the article about the underwater location, then see Shell City (underwater).

Shell City Marine Gifts and Sundries, known primarily as Shell City, is the gift shop that held King Neptune's crown in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. It is owned by the Cyclops. It is located in an unknown city or town on the surface about 5 days from Bikini Bottom.



It is a live-action gift shop on an unidentified beach. The shop contains miscellaneous items, like a glass bowl, but mostly knick-knacks such as Alexander Clam Bell.


It is a fairly small wooden shack. There is a clam-shaped sign on the front of the shack that reads the shop's name in red text.


The interior is dark, yet has a couple of windows. There is a fishbowl inside on one of the tables, and there are lots of dead sea creatures inside. There is a table under a lamp to dry the sea creatures, killing them, and there is a bathroom as well.

Role in movie[]

Plankton steals King Neptune's crown and has it sent to Shell City, intending to frame Mr. Krabs for the theft so that he can steal the Krabby Patty secret formula. The alleged city is feared by all in Bikini Bottom, including Neptune himself, as nobody who ventured there ever came back. SpongeBob and Patrick however volunteer to go there to retrieve the crown and clear Mr. Krabs' name.

After a hazardous journey, they are eventually taken by the Cyclops to a strange shack on land, later finding out it is Shell City. The shack is filled with hundreds of sea creatures who had been killed and turned into cheap novelties to be put up for sale. The Cyclops then places SpongeBob and Patrick on a table beneath a heat lamp, leaving them to dehydrate. However, in their final moments, their tears manage to short out the lamp and set off the sprinklers, reviving the duo and all of the sea creatures imprisoned within. They all proceed to attack the Cyclops while SpongeBob and Patrick escape with Neptune's crown.

Associated characters[]

  • Cyclops - Owner/cashier of the shop
  • Many sea creatures
  • Alexander Clam Bell - Inhabitant
  • Mariachi band - Inhabitants
  • SpongeBob and Patrick - Temporary inhabitants
  • Unknown pufferfish - Inhabitant
  • Shell City creatures - Marine gifts and sundries


  • Some of the starfish, crabs, and lobsters look similar to Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Larry the Lobster respectively.
  • A similar gift shop appears in "Hooky." In addition, there is a fish that looks a lot like Mr. Puff.
  • Shell City was filmed at Paradise Cove Beach in Malibu, California.
  • The name "Shell City" has been used in multiple episodes after the first movie; in these instances, the name is used for an unrelated big city and does not refer to the Shell City gift shop from the first movie.

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