Drive-In Screening Set to Benefit Paramount Ranch


Fast-Spreading Hill and Woolsey Fires Force Evacuations In California's Ventura County

AGOURA HILLS (CNS) - Tickets are set to go on sale today for a socially distant, drive-in screening of the documentary “The Biggest Little Farm'' to raise money to repair damage at the Paramount Ranch from the 2018 Woolsey Fire.

Tickets will be available online starting at noon at https://samofund.org/datenight for the April 24 “Spring Date Night Drive-In,'' which features the film that chronicles the eight-year quest of a Moorpark couple who trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland.

The money will go toward restoring the burnt film sets on the site, fitting out the restored historic buildings and providing materials to interpret the ranch's history for future generations, according to the Santa Monica Mountains Fund.

Shortly after the fire, the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, in cooperation with the National Park Service, launched a campaign called “The Paramount Project'' to rebuild the film set.

Most of Paramount Ranch's Western Town -- which has been used in many film and television productions -- was destroyed by the Woolsey Fire, which burned nearly 97,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and destroyed about 1,645 structures as the blaze swept through the area in November 2018.

“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman'' was filmed on the iconic property for six seasons. HBO's “Westworld,'' “The Adventures of Marco Polo'' (1938) and the 1950s TV show “The Cisco Kid'' were also filmed at Paramount Ranch, which was established in the 1920s as a film-making studio.

Paramount Ranch, comprising 765 acres, was purchased by the National Park Service in 1980 and became a popular hiking spot. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

In February, actress Jane Seymour and actor Joe Lando returned to Paramount Ranch -- the location where their TV show “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman'' was filmed -- for a sold-out, drive-in screening of “L.A. Story'' to raise money for the restoration project.

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