Western Movies at The Loft Cinema

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.

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The  8th annual summer western movie, The Outlaw Josey Wales, starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, and Chief Dan George, will be shown on Wednesday, August 8th.  Doors open at 6 pm, with special guest at 6:30 pm, and show at 7 pm. Our special guest speaker is Michael F. Blake, who has written many books related to his career as a two-time Emmy winning makeup artist, film history, and western topics, and has worked in the film industry for sixty years.

Josey Wales makes his way west after the Civil War, determined to live a useful and helpful life. He joins up with a group of settlers who need the protection that a man as tough and experienced as he is can provide. Unfortunately, the past caught up to him and Josey is now an outlaw.

The movie is considered to be a “must-see” western, according to director and actor Orson Welles. It stars Clint Eastwood and Sandra Locke, who went on to work with Eastwood in six of his other movies. Another notable actor in the film is Shelby “Sheb” Wooley who worked with Eastwood in the late 1950s television western “Rawhide.”

The film was selected by the U. S. Library of Congress for the National Film Registry and nominated for the Academy Award for Original Music Score. Portions of the 1976 movie were filmed on the Empire Ranch and in the Patagonia area. Arizona served as the primary location for the film.  Click here to purchase tickets online or they will be available at the door: $15 for ERF members, $20 for non-members.

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 RiverMonte Walsh,  3:10 to Yuma,  El Dorado, The Shootist, Westward the Women, and Ride the High Country.