Ratched arrived on Netflix on September 18th but is Lucia State Hospital a real place? What locations were used to film the eerie hospital?
It’s often said that the locations used in a film or TV series can often make or break a production.
Whether something is filmed on a green screen, in a studio set or out on location, the difference is often hugely noticeable.
In Netflix’s new series, Ratched, the central location in the series is the Lucia State Hospital, located in California but fans have been left asking if the hospital is a real place.
Ratched on Netflix
Ratched arrived on Netflix on September 18th, 2020.
The eight-episode series tells the story of nurse Mildred Ratched before the events of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
In 1947, Mildred Ratched is welcomed as a psychiatric nurse at Lucia State Hospital but beyond her well-kept and stylish exterior, a darkness begins to fester within.
Lucia State Hospital: Is it a real place?
- No, Lucia State Hospital is not a real location, it’s fictional.
Thankfully, Lucia State Hospital is not a real place, meaning none of us will ever end up there and in the care of Nurse Ratched’s modern equivalent.
While Lucia State Hospital may not be a real location, California is home to a town called Lucia which is located in Monterey County, between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
What filming locations were used to create Lucia State Hospital?
While Lucia State Hospital is portrayed as one location in the series, several filming locations were actually stitched together to make the hospital.
The main location used for Lucia State Hospital, however, is the King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas in California. It is here where many of Ratched’s outdoors scenes take place.
Ratched is available to stream now on Netflix after the series released on September 18th, 2020.