201 S. Kinney Rd
(I-10 south to Speedway exit; drive west following the signs)
Tucson, AZ 85735
tel: 520 883 0100
fax: +1 520 578 1269
In 1939, workers built 50 buildings in 40 days in the desert west of Tucson for the movie Arizona. Since then, dozens of movies have been filmed at least partly at Old Tucson Studios - most of them during the heydays of Westerns in the 1950s and 1960s. John Wayne started in four movies shot at Old Tucson, including Rio Brava in 1959 and the 1967 flick El Dorado. In 1960, Old Tucson was open to the public and has operated as a theme park and film studio ever since. A fire in 1995 destroyed most of the original buildings, but after 20 months of reconstruction, Old Tucson reopened and remains a must-see for many visitors to Tucson. Old Tucson Studios is located in the same general area west of Tucson as the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Saguaro National Park.
Photo courtesy of Old Tucson Studios