Museum of Western Film History, Lone Pine

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The Lone Pine Film History Museum celebrates and preserves the diverse movie history of Lone Pine, Death Valley and the Eastern Sierras. The private institution has over 10,000 square feet of exhibits, an eighty-five seat movie theater and gift shop that focuses on keeping alive the cultural heritage of America’s cinematic history through film programs, artifacts preservation and exhibits and events including two film festivals.

Exhibits at the museum reflect the museum’s extensive collections and include: early silent films, post war films, “eastern,” science fiction such as Tremors and Iron Man and the many cowboy heroes who worked locally including John Wayne, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.

All of this was made possible by a generous gift from Beverly and Jim Rogers of Intermountain West Communications Company. Many items from Mr. Rogers’s personal collection are on display in the museum including the cars from Trail to San Antone and High Sierra. Other film treasures on exhibit include hats and guns of many western stars, costumes from The Shootist, and Errol Flynn’s coat from Kim. Also on exhibit are several silver saddles from Mr. Rogers, including Bolin and Jeff Flowers. The Museum is always looking for gifts of western movies artifacts and posters as well as items available for purchase.
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  • What a great museum! Learning about how and where many westerns were filmed was great! Seeing the cameras, props, advertising posters and biographies of the actors was a pleasant surprise. We have... 
    What a great museum! Learning about how and where many westerns were filmed was great! Seeing the cameras, props, advertising posters and biographies of the actors was a pleasant surprise. We have...  more »
  • This was a great surprise treasure. We had some extra time and decided to stop-so glad we did. There is so much to learn about the silent up to present movies and tv scenes shot in this area. The.....  more
    This was a great surprise treasure. We had some extra time and decided to stop-so glad we did. There is so much to learn about the silent up to present movies and tv scenes shot in this area. The.....  more »
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  • A lot to look at if you're a fan of the genre or not. Free to enter and see the old school movie props and gear. The use every nook and cranny to section off different displays and gives a feel of a much larger museum, in both size and scope. Buy from the gift shop if you want to support. But they don't haggle you or anything. You can walk in & out freely and spend as much time as you want. Looks like there is a theater there too. I don't know if it's running or not.
  • These folks are friendly and courteous! Lots of historical film artifacts all displayed tastefully. I highly recommend a quick visit before you do anything else. Sets up the rest of your stay in town with the knowledge of all those people who occupied the town whilst working in the film industry out on location in the Alabama Hills. The imagination runs wild!

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