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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Old Tucson Studios: A Must Visit Attraction when in Tucson, Arizona

Ever notice that Hollywood's Old West, the backdrop for the gun-slinging and cryptic comments of Hollywood's Western icons -- Wayne, Eastwood, Douglas and Newman -- has much in common with the Wild West of today's Tombstone and Geronimo? That's because they've all been filmed at the Old Tucson Studios which was originally built in 1939 for the making of the William Holden vehicle "Arizona." Still an active film, TV and commercial set, it's also a nostalgia-themed park, with main drag shootouts, corseted can-can dancers, educational shows, pre-Prohibition saloons, restaurants, and gift shops.

Tucson is a great place to visit. Whether you love the outdoors, culture or the arts there is something here for everyone. If you are planning a trip to Tucson you need to work out a schedule well in advance or you might be overwhelmed with the number of attractions to see once you arrive. One great attraction in the city is the Old Tucson Studios. Keep reading this article and learn why you should add the studios to your list of attractions to see.

The Old Tucson Studios were originally created to film the movie Arizona back in 1939. Since that time it has played host to several movies and television westerns. Some other movies filmed here include Rio Lobo with John Wayne, The Outlaw Josey Wales with Clint Eastwood and Tombstone, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, El Dorado, Little House on the Prairie, The Three Amigos and more recently Ghost Town and Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink.  This makes it a must see for any movie buff visiting the city. There is more to do there than just visit the sets though. Today the Old Tucson Studios is also a small theme park of sorts.

When you visit you will be treated to staged gun fights, stunt man performances and even musical performances. You can also go on train rides, stagecoach rides and horse rides. There is even a full restaurant at the studios for when you get hungry. So as you can see there is quite a bit to do at the studios. It is a great family friendly event that you should add to your schedule for when you visit Arizona.

If you would like to visit the Old Tucson Studios while in Arizona you can find it at 201 S. Kinney Road. The studios are open daily from 10AM to 5PM and admission is reasonable at $18.95 for adults and about $10.95 for kids. Before visiting you should call ahead for current hours, current admission prices and to see if any movies are currently being shot. The phone number is 520-883-0100.

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