June 19, 2019

Lone Pine: Museum of Western Film History; things to do


High Sierra: Highway 395

Museum of Western Film History  701 S. Main St., (760) 876-9909. Lone Pine is where the real west became the reel west. The first full-length movie filmed in the area was The
Round-Up in 1920, starring Fatty Arbuckle.  More recently, scenes were filmed for horror film Tremors in 1990 with Kevin Bacon and for Gladiator in 2000.  Assorted artifacts and a spectacular collection of original posters for hundreds of films shot in the area are displayed, including the 1937 Plymouth coupe Humphrey Bogart drove in High Sierra and a hideous life-size grabboid from Tremors.   Be sure to view the introduction film shown onsite in a well-appointed small theater.

vintage cameras displayed at Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, California
vintage cameras displayed at Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, California


Gene Autry memorabilia displayed at Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, California
Gene Autry memorabilia displayed at Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, California


Hopalong Cassidy memorabilia displayed at Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, California
Hopalong Cassidy memorabilia displayed at Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, California


Humphrey Bogart memorabilia displayed at Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, California
Humphrey Bogart memorabilia displayed at Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, California


And do take a drive through the nearby Alabama Hills, where the films mentioned above as well as countless Westerns have been shot, including The Lone Ranger.  The area is populated picturesquely with huge, odd-sized rocks and boulders and has stood in for other countries and galaxies as well--think the 1939 epic Gunga Din, which was the biggest film production ever.

Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California
Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California


Alabama Hills boulders in Lone Pine, California
Alabama Hills boulders in Lone Pine, California


visitors to Alabama Hills boulders in Lone Pine, California
visitors to Alabama Hills boulders in Lone Pine, California


Mt. Whitney behind Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California
Mt. Whitney behind Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California


Skull Rock at Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California
Skull Rock at Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California


The Lone Pine Film Festival is held here each October. 




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images ©2019 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


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