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Backlot - Elm Street

[formerly known as Laramie Street, Industrial Street and Mockingbird Lane]

This small street is positioned just below Colonial Street and is frequently used for production work.

Although the VIP Experience small trams are able to visit the street, it's not possible for the main Studio Tour trams to visit, as they cannot turn around. There is an access road at the far end of Elm Street, but it's too steep for the trams to negotiate. There was some space for trams to turn in a parking lot at the end of the street but this space has been taken up by a fully practical house that was built for the Will Smith superhero drama Hancock in 2006.

Although it may seem as though this area is connected to the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise from New Line Cinema, there's no connection.

History

Laramie Street  (1946 to 1980)
This area of Western streets was first used in the 1946 movie Canyon Passage, set in 1850s Jacksonville, Oregon. In 1959 the same area was used as the base for the TV series Laramie (1959 - 1963), set in 1870s Wyoming.
In 1960, the Bates Motel and Psycho House sets were built adjacent to the Laramie Street sets.
When Denver Street was constructed in 1967, it led to Laramie Street.

Seen on Screen

1955 Industrial Street

More information coming soon

 

1981 - 2002 Industrial Street (thanks to Dennis Dickens for additional research)
In 1981, the MCA Master Plan was radically changing the topography of the backlot and (what is now) the theme park area. A new area called Industrial Street was created, at a higher elevation, but in the same location as Laramie Street. New Industrial Street consisted of a single row of 9 house sets from three other backlot locations. It runs parallel to Denver Street, which was built in 1967. During the remodelling, the original western sets, the original Bates Motel location and a hillside farm house were filled in by earth movers. The Laramie Street church was moved to the current Six Points Texas area.
The original houses on Elm Street (then known as Industrial Street, and moved from their previous location near New York Street) were part of a expansive set built for To Kill a Mockingbird. A whole street of real residential properties were bought by Universal in 1961 from the developers of the Dodgers Stadium (opened in 1962) which was being built in Chaves Ravine. Universal bought them from the developers for $1 each after the residents moved out.

House sets were moved from around the backlot to populate the new street.

The new area above Industrial Street became the new 1981 Colonial Street.

Plan of 1981 Industrial Street layout (courtesy Dickens Archive)
Plan of 1981 Industrial Street layout (courtesy Dickens Archive)

2002 - 2007
Most of the houses currently on Elm Street were designed and constructed for Hulk in 2002.

The interiors of four of the houses can be used as practical sets. The houses have been constructed with steel beams so that all of the interior walls are not load-bearing and can be removed and positioned as required by the set designers.

The only original house remaining from To Kill A Mockingbird is the first one on Elm Street, which featured as the Boo Radley house. This same house featured in CBS's Ghost Whisperer. Ironically, it's the only house featured in To Kill A Mockingbird that was built at Universal - legendary Production Designer Henry Bumstead designed the house - all the others in the Mockingbird neighbourhood were from the Chaves Ravine site. It was substantially altered for Hulk in 2002 - the exterior received a new porch, rail and paintjob and the interior floor and walls were replaced.

Overall, the Hulk construction crew worked for 7 months on site to create the new Elm Street.

2007 - present

The house at the end of the street was constructed in 2007 for the Will Smith superhero drama Hancock and is a fully practical modern house.

Current Properties on Elm Street

Boo Radley House #1

The Boo Radley house bought for To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) seen prior to the Ghost Whisperer alterations (Photo © Universal Studios Hollywood) To Kill A Mockingbird house (April 2006)
To Kill A Mockingbird house (April 2006)
Boo Radley House, March 2008
Boo Radley House, March 2008
Boo Radley House, 2010 (photo courtesy Dickens Archive)
Boo Radley House, 2010 (photo courtesy Dickens Archive)

#2

Photo © Universal Studios Hollywood House #2 March 2008
House #2 March 2008

#3

Photo © Universal Studios Hollywood House #3 March 2008
House #3 March 2008

#4

Photo © Universal Studios Hollywood The Garfield and Norbit house (April 2006)
The Garfield and Norbit house (April 2006)
House #3 March 2008
House #4 March 2008
House #3 March 2008
House #5 March 2008

#5 Hancock House

Built in 2007 for the Will Smith superhero drama at the end of the street, over what was once a parking lot. The set is fully practical.

Hancock House

Hancock House - 1 - Hancock House seen in March 2008
Hancock House - 1 - Hancock House seen in March 2008
 Hancock House - 2 - Hancock House seen in March 2008
Hancock House - 2 - Hancock House seen in March 2008
 Hancock House - 3 - Hancock House seen in March 2008
Hancock House - 3 - Hancock House seen in March 2008
 Hancock House - 4 - Hancock House seen in March 2008
Hancock House - 4 - Hancock House seen in March 2008
 Hancock House - 5 - Hancock House seen in March 2008
Hancock House - 5 - Hancock House seen in March 2008
 

#6

Photo © Universal Studios Hollywood House on Elm Street (April 2006)
House on Elm Street (April 2006)

#7

Bruce Banner's home from Hulk (April 2006)
Bruce Banner's home from Hulk (April 2006)
Bruce Banner's house as see in Hulk (2003) Photo © Universal Studios Hollywood

Previous Elm Street / Industrial Street sets

#8 - Here Come The Nelsons house

Building 8

Building 8 - 11 - Building plan from 1982 (courtesy Dickens Archive)
Building 8 - 11 - Building plan from 1982 (courtesy Dickens Archive)
 Building 8 - 12 - Building plan from 1982 (courtesy Dickens Archive)
Building 8 - 12 - Building plan from 1982 (courtesy Dickens Archive)
 Building 8 - 13 - Building plan from 1982 (courtesy Dickens Archive)
Building 8 - 13 - Building plan from 1982 (courtesy Dickens Archive)
 Building 8 - 14 - Building plan from 1982 (courtesy Dickens Archive)
Building 8 - 14 - Building plan from 1982 (courtesy Dickens Archive)
 Building 8 - 15 - Seen on screen (unknown movie)
Building 8 - 15 - Seen on screen (unknown movie)
 

This was Set #21 on New England Street (1949 - 1955)
It was moved in 1955 to make room for the Paramount House for Desperate Hours (1955)
In 1956 it was moved to Industrial Street where it was Set #1
In 1981 it became Building #8 on new Industrial Street (now Elm Street)
In 2003 it was removed during pre-production on Hulk (2003).

Seen on screen:

  • Here Come The Nelsons (1951)
  • Anybody Seen My Gal (1952)
  • Abbott & Costello Meet The Keystone Kops (1955)


Seen on Screen: Universal Studios Hollywood [Elm Street]

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
To Kill A Mockingbird [Feature Film]1962Robert MulliganIMDB Database page about To Kill A Mockingbird
Courthouse Square, Stage 29, Stage 30 [courthouse interior], Stage 32.
The whole street featured in the movie was built on the backlot, adjacent to the New York Street sets. The Boo Radley house was designed by Henry Bumstead and built at Universal, while all other houses were moved to the backlot from Chaves Ravine, where developers were clearing the land for the Dodgers Stadium. The houses were bought for $1 each from developers. The Boo Radley house remains on Elm Street to this day.
Simon and Simon [TV Series]1981-1989Philip DeGuereIMDB Database page about Simon and Simon
Colonial Street, Courthouse Square, New York Street, Elm Street (as Industrial Street), Old Mexico, Six Points Texas, all on the Universal Studios backlot. Stage 25
Murder She Wrote [TV Series]1984-1996VariousIMDB Database page about Murder She Wrote
"Incident on Lot 7" - Season 8, Episode 13 (1992) - Psycho House
"Jessica Behind Bars" - Season 2, Episode 9 (1985) - Square of Warriors / Spartacus Square Embassy building appears as the Prison exterior.
"Hooray for Homicide" - Season 1, Episode 3 (1984) - Front Lot & Studio Tour
Colonial Street, New York Street (as London), Tower of London set (as an amusement park), Little Europe (unknown episodes)
Elm Street (as Industrial Street), Singapore Lake (Jaws Lake) appeared in the opening titles as Cabot Cove, Maine.
"To Kill A Legend" (Season 11 Episode 3, October 1994) Circle Drive on Colonial Street is featured prominently as the location for the battle re-enactment. The church is seen in many shots.
"Seal of the Confessional" - Season 6 Episode 2 (1989) - Colonial Street Circle Drive church appears in the opening sequence. Jaws Lake appears as Cabot Cove.
Stage 20 [pilot], Stage 22, Stage 25 (interior Jessica Fletcher's house), Stage 29, the backlot Train Station appeared in one episode.
Matlock [TV Series]1986-1995Dean HargroveIMDB Database page about Matlock
Seasons 1 to 6 filmed at Universal. The Matlock house is on Colonial Street (Corner House). Singapore Lake and Elm Street were also featured.
Crossing Jordan [TV Series]2001-2007Tim KringIMDB Database page about Crossing Jordan
Elm Street, Square of Warriors, Falls Lake (Season 6 Finale), Stage 27, Stage 33, Stage 36, Stage 37, Stage 41, Stage 42, Stage 43, Stage 44
Boomtown [TV Series]2002-2003Graham YostIMDB Database page about Boomtown
Elm Street
Monk [TV Series]2002-2009VariousIMDB Database page about Monk
Various episodes shot on New York Street and Elm Street on the backlot.
Hulk [Feature Film]2003Ang LeeIMDB Database page about Hulk
A new set of houses was built on Elm Street on the backlot for this movie. Banner's childhood home was built on the Falls Lake tank. These stages were used for interior scenes: Stage 01, Stage 12 [underground lab], Stage 22, Stage 23 [father's house interior], Stage 27, Stage 28 [the first floor of Bruce Banner's house], Stage 35.
Garfield [Feature Film]2004Peter HewittIMDB Database page about Garfield
Stage 19, Stage 25, Stage 36, Elm Street
Desperate Housewives [TV Series]2004 - Marc CherryIMDB Database page about Desperate Housewives
Colonial Street and Elm Street as well as Stage 01 [production of season 3 started on Stage 1 then moved to other stages including larger Stage 41], Stage 03, Stage 04, Stage 05. In Season 1 Episode 18 the Log Cabin appeared as Camp Hennessey. Colonial Street sets featured: Delta House, Munster House, Harvey House, Hardy House, Dana House, Burbs House, Providence House, Cleaver House
Ghost Whisperer [TV Series]2005-2010John GrayIMDB Database page about Ghost Whisperer
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.
Heroes [TV Series]2006-2010Tim KringIMDB Database page about Heroes
Little Europe (as India), Freeway Park (Season 4), Stage 33, Stage 34, Stage 37, Stage 43
Old Mexico and Elm Street (fire) (Season 2, Episode 8)
Norbit [Feature Film]2007Brian RobbinsIMDB Database page about Norbit
The Norbit house is a permanent set on Elm Street on the Universal backlot.
Carpoolers [TV Series]2007-2008Bruce McCullochIMDB Database page about Carpoolers
Stage 35, Stage 36, Stage 37, Elm Street
Hancock [Feature Film]2008Peter BergIMDB Database page about Hancock
A new house was built for this movie on Elm Street on the Universal backlot. It's a fully practical set.
MSN: No-one Wants to Look Dumb (Date) [Commercial]2008
Elm Street on the backlot

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