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 8th annual summer western movie, The Outlaw Josey Wales, starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, and Chief Dan George, was shown on Wednesday, August 8th.
Prior to the movie, guests enjoyed a panel discussion with Michael F. Blake, retired Hollywood make-up artist and the author of Cowboy President, a book about the cowboy days of Theodore Roosevelt. He was joined on the panel by retired Hollywood stuntman Bunker DeFrance. Colleagues of Blake and DeFrance’s close friend Neil Summers worked on the film, portions of which were shot on the Empire Ranch. Blake and DeFrance told numerous entertaining stories about the cast and movie.
The Empire Ranch Foundation greatly appreciates the support of this year’s movie sponsors – The Green Valley Pecan Company, Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, and The Loft Cinema.
The Western Movies at the Loft events support the preservation of the Historic Empire Ranch on Las Cienegas National Conservation Area in Sonoita.
Past movie showings have included: Red River, Monte Walsh, 3:10 to Yuma, El Dorado, The Shootist, Westward the Women, and Ride the High Country.