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.
The 7th annual summer western movie, Ride the High Country starring Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott was shown on August 2, 2017. One of Sam Peckinpah’s first films, and one of the Western genre’s last films – Ride the High Country gives you its all. A haunting soundtrack, phenomenal actors, and beautiful cinematography, you won’t want to miss this on the big screen! Reduced to transporting gold from a distant mine to a small-town bank, retired lawman Steve Judd (Joel McCrea) recruits friend Gil Westrum (Randolph Scott), who has been performing in a traveling carnival, to help. Unknown to Steve, the restless Gil and a young drifter intend to steal the next gold transport. On the way, the men help Elsa Knudsen (Mariette Hartley) to break free from her zealot father and join her fiancé at the mine, not realizing the consequences that await them all. Our featured speaker was Wyatt McCrea, Joel’s grandson.
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.