Lone Pine Film History Museums, 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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  • August 13, 2017
    Between two major trips, a visit to the western Lone Pine film Museum and we better understand the film history of this small town which hosted so many shootings. Lovers of the genre will find pleasure photos, objects, posters, cars, books of all kinds on the iconic actors of the time. A small museum that is worth the visit including the entry per person is $ 5. A good distraction in the middle of the great outdoors...
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  • August 9, 2017
    Very nice little Museum, lots of information and movie sets. Ideal if you want more information on films about the death Valley. If you're not too late before closing you will see one of the films!
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  • August 6, 2017
    We like movies, so this was a must see. There are many OLD movies that are highlighted, but also several newer ones, too. How about Star Wars, Tremors, and Django Unchained? The museum highlights beau...  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    Would have given this place 10 stars if possible. It is a MUST SEE if you are interested in any of our Western Cowboy and Indian Movie History. Literary hundreds of movies were made in this immediate area and all are documented in full or part at this great museum. Be sure to watch the movie and do not fear asking questions as the people there are informative and helpful. Be prepared to spend at a minimum an hour or more. Entry fee is low and most can easily afford it. But, be ready to take dozens of photos as there are just tons of things to see and read.
  • July 2, 2017
    I have driven through Lone Pine multiple times, every time telling myself to stop and check this place out... well, I finally did and I am so glad!! This was such a special little gem. If you've ever watched a movie, which I'm sure most of you have, you would most definitely appreciate taking a small step back in time with this museum. There are numerous amazing film related artifacts spanning from "The Round Up" made in 1920 all the way to present day "Django" made in 2012. There is a small donation fee, but honestly, it almost felt wrong to pay so little to see such a wide array of influential film history. Don't forget to visit the gift shop on the way out for a cold root beer!
  • June 9, 2017
    Excellent collection of western movie items: pictures, costumes, props, pictures, and collectibles were mostly from pictures shot locally and all well labeled. A short video of western filming in the area was facinating, and for me nostalgic. The store has a good variety of items. The lady working the museum was helpful.
  • May 30, 2017
    Super cool little museum to be enjoyed by both western lovers and production nerds. Props from a few modern movies filmed in the area which is exciting for those who don't have ties to the westerns of yesteryear. Also probably the only time you'll see a Panavision camera! A few tesla charging stations around back.
  • May 20, 2017
    This movies Museum is one of the best I know. We came here several times and at the begining of this Museum.

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