Universal Studios Hollywood
Backlot - Chicken Ranch (Colonial Street #14)
Originally named after it's role
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) this set is currently being re-modelled to be the new Munster home for the TV reboot Mockingbird Lane.
Whether it will still be recognisable as The Chicken Ranch after the rebuild is finished is not known.
Unlike many buildings on the lot, this is a fully practical set which can be fully used as a location, both inside and out. It's based on a real house in Austin, Texas where establishing shots for Best Little Whorehouse were filmed.
The set was originally built inside Stage 12 (for better control over the environment for filming) and was moved to it's current location after filming, so it could be used for other productions.
It's position was previously occupied by the Psycho house (which was moved to it's current location when filming began for Psycho II in 1983).
A small outhouse behind the Chicken Ranch was moved, around March 2007, and is now at the entrance to the Earthquake attraction behind Denver Street.
The other buildings at the rear of the set were removed around March / April 2012, in preparation for a new extension for Mockingbird Lane.
Seen on Screen: Universal Studios Hollywood [Chicken Ranch]
|The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas [Feature Film]||1982||Colin Higgins|
|Chicken Ranch set was built in full on Stage 12 and opened like a dollhouse for interior and exterior shots. The set was moved to it's current outdoor location after filming.|
|Fathers' Day [Feature Film]||1997||Ivan Reitman|
|Chicken Ranch on the Universal backlot|
|The Visitor [TV Series]||1997||Kevin Kerslake|
|Providence [TV Series]||1999 - 2002||John Masius|
|The main Providence house can still be found on Colonial Street. The Chicken Ranch also featured. Interiors were shot on Stage 22, Stage 24, Stage 25 and Stage 36.|
|CSI [TV Series]||2000-||Ann Donahue, Anthony E. Zuiker|
|Based on Stage 22, Stage 23, Stage 24, Stage 25 on the Universal front lot. Many sets on the backlot have also appeared including the Chicken Ranch (2005) and New York Street sets.|
|Beethoven's 5th [Feature Film]||2003||Mark Griffiths|
|The House of 1000 Corpses [Feature Film]||2003||Rob Zombie|
|The Chicken Ranch appeared as the Firefly residence in this notorious horror movie (it was filmed in 2000 but not released until 2003).|
|Ghost Whisperer [TV Series]||2005-2010||John Gray|
|Based on Courthouse Square, this series also filmed in the Chicken Ranch, on Colonial Street, on Elm Street, in the Underwater Tank and on Stage 05, Stage 06, Stage 18, Stage 19, Stage 20 at Universal.|
|The Mentalist [TV Series]||2008-||Bruno Heller|
|Mockingbird Lane (aka The Munsters) [TV Pilot]||2012||Bryan Fuller|
|The Chicken Ranch near Colonial Street is being re-modelled to be the new 1313 Mockingbird Lane (May 2012)|