“Forgotten Hollywood”- Lone Pine Silver Anniversary Festival

Posted on May 5, 2014 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   The Lone Pine Museum of Film History is dedicated to preserving the diverse movie history of California’s Eastern Sierras, including Lone Pine, points North, and the Death Valley region. Located on Highway 395 on the south end of town, the museum’s 10,000 square feet of exhibits, an 85-seat movie theatre, and Western gift shop offer visitors a unique experience helping to document and interpret the cultural heritage of America’s cinematic history through film programs, artifact preservation, and other fascinating exhibits.

   The museum’s largest showcase is its Back Lot – The Alabama Hills, just west of town. Since the early 1920s, these rugged, rounded rock formations and meandering gullies have as Hollywood’s Western backdrop for cowboy action featuring Gene Autry, Tim Holt, Hopalong Cassidy, Randolph Scott, and Roy Rogers.


   Each Columbus Day weekend is the annual Lone Pine Film Festival, honoring the heroes of the silver screen. Mingle with celebrity guests, visit the movie sites with back lot tours, and enjoy classic film screenings. Unique to this annual event is a Saturday night concert featuring the best local Western talent, a Sunday cowboy-style church service, and a closing weekend old fashioned Main Street Parade and Sunday evening campfire roundup in the park.

 Joel_McCrea__A_F_51cb5b2b4bd56  Since this is the Silver Anniversary of the Film Festival, expect special guests to visit. In 2013, visitors included the grandson of Joel McCrae, to discuss a film biography of his grandfather. Wyatt McCrae chatted about Joel McCrea – A Film History, a biographical essay and comprehensive filmography by film historian Tony Thomas. Clu Gulager and Andrew Prine joined Western film historian Ed Hulse to talk about their 50-plus year careers. And, following a screening of Ride the High Country, Leonard Maltin moderated a panel with Mariette Hartley and L.Q. Jones.

   All of this on location in Lone Pine… Where the Real West becomes the Reel West! Festival tickets will be available in July.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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