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Paramount Ranch

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The original Paramount Movie Ranch began in 1927 when Paramount Pictures purchased 2,700 acres of the former Rancho Las Virgenes. Over the next 25 years, Paramount made numerous productions at the site. In 1953, as the "studio system" crumbled, Paramount sold that land, with William Hertz buying the southeast portion. This corner of the ranch had been a support area with storage sheds and Hertz built a western town around these sheds. The ranch was the location for many more production continuing to the present. Hertz sold the ranch in 1955 The Paramount Racetrack opened in 1955 but closed 18 months later. It was considered to be one of the most challenging in the US, and was the site of three fatal accidents. Remnants of the track remain. The ranch changed hands several times until the National Park Service purchased the land in 1980. For many years the ranch was home to the annual Renaissance Fair.

The park is about 750 acres and includes the Western Town, and miles of hiking/equestrian trails. To the southeast is Malibu Creek State Park, the former Fox Movie Ranch.

The Paramount Ranch is located on Cornell Road, just north of Mulholland Highway, about two miles off of Kanan Road and Highway 101 in Agura.

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Paramount Ranch is part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Walk accross this bridge over Medea Creek and enter the Old West.

What looks like a saloon or a hotel, but there is another saloon around the corner.

General Store and Saloon or Hotel.

Interior of the Saloon or Hotel above. You can see how the walls stop at the roof, the camera does't look higher.

The town isn't large. The street is 'L' shaped, with buildings on either side.
The 'L' shaped street has a litlle extra at the corner.


Sheriff.

Moning Company.


This cabin really is old.

This can be used as a depot, but the production needs to provide the tracks and train.

Space between buildings, restrooms to the right.
This larger building can be used as a stage.


These bridges connect to the open space at right.

This large open space can be used for picnics and was once the site of the Renaissance Fair.

The sign says "Fire Station" but not sure what it really is.

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