The National Park Service will host a free car show and drive-in movie showing of the ‘80s classic hit “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.”
“Paramount Ranch is a film ranch with a twist,” explained Park Superintendent David Szymanski. “For a short time, it also had a dangerous racetrack, which made it into movies and TV programs.”
While Paramount Ranch operated as a movie ranch, it was also home to a short-lived racetrack in the 1950s. The movie The Devil’s Hairpin was filmed on the course, which closed down after two fatalities within 18 months from its opening.
The event’s schedule includes a number of activities:
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Classic cars on display in Western Town
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Kids activities
4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.: Car Culture and History Tours
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Showing of “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”
Attendees can choose to watch the film from their vehicles or can bring a chair to sit in a designated seating area. Snacks from concessionaires and food trucks will also be available for sale.
If you’re interested in signing up a vehicle for the car show contact Ryan Stead at email@example.com or 805-418-3176
For over 100 years, Paramount Ranch has set the scene for hundreds of movies, TV shows, and photo shoots. That includes a number of monster, paranormal, and other supernatural films and shows, from “The Forbidden Trail” (1932) to “Van Helsing” (2004), and episodes of the X-Files and HBO’s Westworld. In keeping with that theme, the National Park Service will host a one-of-a-kind event on Saturday, October 27, called Scare-amount Ranch.
The family-friendly Halloween event will combine elements of film history and nature. Kids activities will include making fake movie blood and nocturnal animal-themed crafts. Groups can choose from two self-guided hikes into the backlot woods, one which will be family-friendly, the other for those looking for a little scare.
Other activities will include a screening of the 1940 classic Dr. Cyclops, which was shot at Paramount Ranch; costume contest, face painting, selfies in the jailhouse; a spider zoo; and ranger stations throughout the ranch grounds.
The free event with complimentary parking takes place from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Flashlights and a jacket are recommended.