Old Tucson Movie Studios

Written by on January 17, 2015 in AZ Attractions - Comments Off on Old Tucson Movie Studios

Generations of Americans have visited Arizona and the Old Tucson Movie Studios, if only on the big screen and on TV. The mockup of an old western town has been the backdrop for more than 300 film and television projects since 1939. Movies like Tombstone, Rio Bravo, Arizona, McClintock!, The Last Roundup, episodes of Bonanza, Hombre, and Have Gun Will Travel were filmed here. John Wayne was a frequent visitor, as were Maureen O’Hara, Brian Keith, Gene Autry, Jimmy Stewart and many more famous film stars who walked the dusty streets.

In 2014, Old Tucson celebrated its 75th Anniversary, but the years haven’t always been kind to this dusty little movie lot. In 1995, an arsonist set fire to the movie set, destroying nearly 40% of the iconic buildings. I took nearly two years to restore the damage, although the sound stage and the huge wardrobe and prop collections are gone forever. Since the fire, 16 new buildings have been erected including the new Grand Palace Hotel and Saloon that is now a 450-seat opera house.

Today, visitors can experience the old west on this film lot in Tucson’s Mountain Park, just west of the beautiful city of Tucson, Arizona. Throughout the year, Old Tucson plays host to a variety of great entertainment, from barrel racing and rodeos, from 10K runs to art shows, Civil War reenactments to dynamite entertainers, singers, and comedians and dozens of other great events. In addition, visitors can expect plenty of family fun including reenacted gun fights, saloon musicals, living history presentations, film history tours, rides, games and more! If that isn’t enough, how about trying your hand at panning for gold, or taking a trail ride to explore the Sonoran Desert.

There are plenty of great places to tickle your taste buds in Old Tucson. You can shop ’til you drop in all of the great old shops and stores in the park, including McClintocks Store, named for the memorable John Wayne Classic. McClintocks Store celebrates the independent cowboy spirit with themed merchandize, cowboy hats and all kinds of fun stuff for kids.

The park is generally open daily from November through May, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but please check the website for closures and times throughout the year.

Old Tucson Movie Studios
From Interstate 10: Take Exit 257-Speedway Blvd and head west following signs to Old Tucson.
From Interstate 19: Take Exit 99-Ajo Way (AZ 86) exit and head west following signs to Old Tucson.
Phone: 520.883.0100
Email: moc.noscuTdlOnull@snoitaleRtseuG

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