Old Tucson Studios

Old Tucson Studios

Old Tucson Studios

We visited the Old Tucson Studios, about a 15 mile drive from downtown Tucson for something to do. Originally built in 1938 for the movie Arizona, starring William Holden and Jean Arthur, workers built more than 50 buildings in 40 days for the movie set. Many of those same structures are still standing today.
After the movie Arizona the filming of The Bells of St. Mary’s in 1945, starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman was one of more than 300 movies, westerns and TV shows that were filmed there including The Last Round-Up (1947) with Gene Autry and Winchester ’73 (1950) with James Stewart and The Last Outpost with Ronald Reagan. The 1950s saw the filming of Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958), and Cimarron (1959) among many others.
The price for admission with a discount was $13.95 and worth every penny. There are several venues, shows and lectures given that are definitely worth the time to see. There are fights, shootouts, and stunts by actors giving you insight how old western movies were made. If you are anywhere near Tucson we highly recommend Old Tucson as a must see. It makes for a fun day…


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