Old Tucson Studios, Tucson

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201 S. Kinney Road (520) 883-0100

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  • Old Tucso Studios: set of High Chaparral
    Old Tucso Studios: set of High Chaparral
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  • Old Tucson Studios: the train from the movie WWW
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    Old Tucson Studios

    by Africancrab Written Jul 27, 2012
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    The famous Old Tucson Studios lies in the beautifully breathtaking Tucson Mountain Park and is both a movie studio and theme park. It was built by Columbia Studios in 1939 to aid in the filming of the movie "Arizona" and was officially opened to the public in 1960. Visiting the Old Tucson Studios is not the cheapest of attractions: at $17.00 per adult and $11.00 per child it beats many attractions in Tucson. I did not watch the full re-enactment of the movie but the little I saw I found very interesting. I found the historical aspects of the site and the little museum with film artifacts and the 'coral' from the 1957 "Gunfight at the OK coral" film very charming. It was obvious to me that filming does not take place here anymore.

    After Arizona completed filming, the location lay dormant for several years, until the filming of the "The Bells of St.Mary's" in 1945, starring Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. Earlier movies filmed here include The Last Round-Up in 1947 staring Gene Autry and Winchester in 1950 with James Stewart and "The Last Out Post" with Ronald Reagan. The 1950s saw the filming of the famous "Gunflight at Ok Corral" in 1959, "The Lone Ranger" and "The Lost City of Gold" in 1967, and "Cimarron" in 1959 among others. The park grew building by building with each movie filmed on its dusty streets. The famous John Wayne starred in four movies at Old Tucson Studios. "Rio Bravo" in 1959 added a saloon, bank building and doctor's office; "McClintock" in 1963 added the McLintock Hotel and "El Dorado in 1967 brought a renovation of the storefronts on Front Street; and with "Rio Lobo" in 1970 came a cantina, a granite-lined creek, a jail and a ranch house.

    I was however fascinated by the level of management and maintenance of this place that no longer films yet holds a history so strong. All in all, it was a nice trip and I am glad we went. It is a place where you visit once and it is good. Been there done that and I do not think I would return unless I had to bring a guest. I think they could improve a few things including making the gunfight a little longer and a little more detail (the little I was left a few questions unanswered even for the crown watching), additional attractions would make the $17.00 a pop worth paying, I felt it should have cost us less than $10.00. Include more than just a train ride in the activities. Matt did not have much to say since he had been there before and he felt a little restless while we were touring. But all in all I had a great time exploring and looking for historic buildings used in various films.

    Something a little disappointing was that after the big fire that destroyed the buildings, management decided to rebuild it differently than it was. I can't imagine doing a western film there with that huge grand palace building; it looked like it belonged in Tombstone rather than here in the Old Tucson Studios. I honestly thought it looked a little out of place. The Oriental town was a little hidden and I did not understand the significance of it even thought it honored the Chinese prisoners who originally built the railroads.

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    Where western movies are made

    by toddecus Written Mar 18, 2011
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    Old Tucson Studios has been the site of filming any number of western films. Although the western as a movie genre has faded a bit from mainstream, this studio has been the site for more filming than you can imagine. The Studio is quite pricey to visit, but gives you a real feel for old west town behavior and experience.

    It is a bit of a tourist trap though! If I had to choose between Old Tucson and Sonoran Desert Museum, I would choose Desert Museum every day of the week. BTW in Pheonix there is a very similar experience at Rawhide Wild West Town (Less studio more tourist trap)

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    Back to the roots of entertainment

    by Martinewezel Written Jan 7, 2010

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    This is the place to be for those who retain good memories at the old wild west movies such as Gunfight at the OK Corral. When I was a child, I viewed “Bonanza” , “High Chaparral” and the “Little House on the Prairie” in black and white and here I was now on the very place where they shot those movies! The scenery, the sets, even the famous Golden Gate mountain… everything is there in it’s (rather)original state!
    After visiting the movie museum, we took the guided tour around the different sets. The guide made jokes and told some anecdotes about actors. For instance, the doors on the sets are lower than normal to make John Wayne look taller.
    The show at the mission is rather funny, but as most shows, a waste of time. There are several restaurants in the park. We chose Big Jake’s BBQ. Probably the best choice.
    The gift shop is disappointing. Apart from dreary t-shirts, hats and dusty boots, there was nothing special to buy. In fact it’s a quite empty store.
    On the other hand, Olsen’s Mercantile is the best shop in the park if you like Indian and Cowboy stuff.
    Take out a whole day for a visit. Kids will certainly like the few rides too.

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    Old Tucson Western Town-Hollywood Style

    by AVG2319 Updated Jul 25, 2008

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    This was a lot of family fun! Old Tucson Studios is a visit to the Old West-hollywood style anyway. It is located in Tucson Mountain park near the Tucson Mountains. If you like western movies (many were filmed here) or just want to see "the wild west" this is a fun place to go with or without kids. They have rides for the kids here, carasoul, train rides,wagon rides, petting zoo area.
    Live gunfights performed by the Old Tucson Studios' actors and stuntmen
    as well as other shows throughout the day. View some famous Western Movie sets, film memorabilia and authentic items from the Old West.
    and of course plenty of places to eat and buy souvenirs.
    Old Tucson is open daily year-round, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are
    10 am - 6 pm. It cost around $15 a ticket when we went.

    As with just about any outdoor trip in AZ bring sunglasses, lather on the sunscreen, bring bottled water and of course your camera!

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    Old Tucson Studios

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 6, 2008

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    This is a movie set used in many favorite westerns that has been converted into an amusement park for visitor's. Old recreated building host tourist shops, restaurants and attractions. Gun fights are staged throughout the day.

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    Old Westerns History

    by intall Written Nov 8, 2005

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    This place is superb!! It makes you feel like a real cowboy. The shows were very nice and making of "Little House on the Prairie", " Bonanza", " High Chapparall", and most of the great Westerns.I recommend this town very highly!!! :)

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    Old Tucson Studio

    by Angela0667 Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Old Tucson Studios continues a 60-year tradition of action with live shows featuring singing and dancing, thrilling stunt shows and Old Tucson Studios' legendary gunfights. During a visit to Old Tucson Studios guests travel back in time to experience Hollywood's version of the Wild West.

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    Old Tucson Studios: This...

    by Davidp1952 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Old Tucson Studios: This world-famous Western theme park and movie set has seen the action of more than 300 motion pictures, TV shows and commercials, beginning with “Arizona” (1939) through “The Quick and the Dead” starring Sharon Stone and Gene Hackman. Shows are presented daily with live gunfights. Three restaurants, a cantina, ice-cream parlor, sweet shop and gift shops are on the grounds. Tours available at Guest Relations window at the front gate. Located 12 miles west of downtown. Take Speedway or Ajo Way, exit west and follow the signs to 201 S. Kinney Rd. Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Hours: Dec.- mid April: 9am-7pm and 10am-6pm the rest of the year. For more information call (520) 883-0100.

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