Each summer the Empire Ranch Foundation celebrates classic Western movies with a showing on the big screen at The Loft Cinema in Tucson. The fundraiser event also includes knowledgeable presentations by guest speakers, with audience participation invited.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2017 MOVIE
AUGUST 3, 2017
RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY
Featured Speaker: Wyatt McCrea
The 2016 show featured the superb, but unusual, 1951 film Westward the Women starring Robert Taylor, Denise Darcel, and John McIntire, about a group of 200 single women in the 1850’s forming a wagon train led by Taylor going from Chicago to their future husbands in California. Directed by the legendary William Wellman, the film is gritty and ahead of its time, and considered by critics to be one of the most under-rated westerns.
Actor William Wellman, Jr., who wrote Wild Bill Wellman, the biography of his dad, was the program speaker. We were thrilled to have Mr. Wellman Jr. join us and enjoyed his wonderful anecdotes of his dad and Hollywood as it was!
The Western Movies at the Loft events support the preservation of the Historic Empire Ranch on Las Cienegas National Conservation Area in Sonoita. We are grateful for the ongoing sponsorship of The Green Valley Pecan Company, Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, and Strategic Issues Management Group.
Past movie showings have included: Red River, Monte Walsh, 3:10 to Yuma, El Dorado , The Shootist, and Westward the Women.