Old Tucson Studios CLOSED INDEFINITELY
CLOSED INDEFINITELY: From its inception in the late 1950s, by Bob Shelton who salvaged set pieces leftover from the film Arizona (1940) that were abandoned in Tucson Mountain Park, up until 2020, Old Tucson has continually served as both a gold-standard backlot for big budget feature period Western films and one of the most popular attractions in Southern Arizona.
Old Tucson has been (and still is) the location for more than 400 films, television shows, music videos, and commercial productions. It still has a working costume department, props, and employed numerous stunt and other performers up until its closure in 2020. The nearby Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum offers more than 100 antique carriages, stagecoaches, and horse pulled vehicles for rental as props - many of which were actually used in classic Western films and have been conserved and restored to exceptional working condition. There are numerous other Western museums and Western-themed attractions in Southern Arizona that were inspired by Bob Shelton and his Old Tucson Studios.
At one point, it was believed that Old Tucson was the second most-visted attraction in Arizona after the Grand Canyon.
Know anyone that would like to manage a one-of-a-kind Wild West attraction and working movie backlot, that features live action stunt shows, musicals, and live entertainment (including Nightfall, the hugely popular Halloween event), vintage rides for the kids and special events throughout the season? Contact the Marana Film Office at (520) 382-1988 and we'll help you save this beloved, living Western movie heritage site.Visit Website Add To Itinerary