With “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino’s look back on Manson-era Hollywood, opening this week, one part of the production that has received attention among filming location researchers is a set that Tarantino built last fall that re-creates the infamous onetime Manson Family hangout in Chatsworth, Calif., the Spahn Movie Ranch.
A sprawling and detailed version of the former location ranch as it appeared in 1969 was erected a few miles west of the original Spahn location, at another former movie ranch, Corriganville. Tucked into the southeast corner of Simi Valley, Corriganville was once not only a busy filming location but also a Wild West theme park that drew throngs of tourists on the weekends.
Tarantino’s ambitious Spahn Ranch project is stunning in its attention to detail and in the accuracy of the re-creation. A series of posts on the Iverson Movie Ranch Blog, which researches historic filming locations, examines the set in detail, including presenting photos comparing the Corriganville re-creation with the original Spahn Ranch. Click here to see a detailed post about the set, from September 2018.
An earlier post published by the Iverson Movie Ranch Blog in August 2018, which you can see by clicking here, documents the discovery of the early stages of Tarantino’s construction at Corriganville, including early speculation about what was being built. The post also provides background on Corriganville.
A third post, published in October 2018 just after filming wrapped at Corriganville on the Tarantino movie, includes additional photos of the Spahn Ranch re-creation and documents its teardown on the site that was once Corriganville’s famed Western street, Silvertown. Click here to see the post.