This article needs additional citations for verification. A movie ranch is a ranch fantasy ranch saloon is at least partially dedicated for the creation and production of motion pictures and television productions.
Movie ranches first came into use for location shooting in Southern California during the 1920s with the rising popularity of westerns. To achieve greater scope, productions would conduct location shooting in yonder parts of California, Arizona, and Nevada, but travel expenses for production staff created a dispute between workers and the studios. The studios agreed to pay union workers extra if they worked out of town. To solve this problem, many movie studios invested in large tracts of undeveloped rural land, in many cases existing ranches, located closer to Hollywood. Los Angeles, most of these movie ranches have since been sold and subdivided. Below is a partial listing of some of the famous classic Southern California movie ranches from the first half of the 20th century, including some other and newer locations. Apacheland Studio – The tail end of 1957 and all of 1958 saw movie studios calling on ranchers in the Superstition Mountain area, such as “Quarter Circle U”, “Quarter Circle W” and the “Barkley Cattle Ranch” to use their facilities as makeshift towns.
One movie that was filmed during this time was Gunfight at the O. Construction on the Apacheland Studio western town’ began on February 12, 1959 by Superstition Mountain Enterprises and associates. By June 1960, Apacheland Studio was open for business and filmed its first TV western Have Gun, Will Travel in November 1960 and its first full-length movie The Purple Hills. On May 26, 1969, fire destroyed most of the ranch. The sets were soon rebuilt, but another fire destroyed most of Apacheland almost 35 years later on February 14, 2004, two days after its 45th anniversary.
On October 16, 2004, Apacheland closed its doors to the public permanently. The causes of both fires remain a mystery. Archived from the original on 2014-12-16. Big Sky Ranch is a movie ranch located in Simi Valley, California. It has been widely used for the filming of Western television and film productions.