Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History
Photo © Langley
About three hours north of Hollywood and a million miles from urban life, nestled in the foothills of the Eastern Sierra Nevada, the little town of Lone Pine, California and the nearby Alabama Hills has been the location for hundreds of films, commercials and television shows. Since the early years of filmmaking, directors and actors, producers and their production units large and small have packed up and left Hollywood for the great outdoors.
The Lone Pine Film History Museum celebrates, interprets and preserves the film history of Lone Pine, Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra. The Museum has ten thousand square feet devoted to exhibits, interpretive projects and displays that explain the 100 year film history of Inyo County, the other side of California. It also has an 85 seat theater that regularly shows locally-made films on Thursday and Friday nights at 7 pm and Saturdays at 4 pm. The gift shop carries a wide range of movie and western related gifts. The Museum is the site for on-going events, the biggest of which is the Lone Pine Film Festival every Columbus Day weekend. Guided tours out to the set locations focus on several different subjects including westerns, science fiction and modern day film projects.
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.
Seasons Open: Open year round, seven days a week, except for Christmas and New Years Day.
Hours Open: 10 am to 6 pm (Mon, Tues, Wed,); 10 am to 7 pm (Thurs, Fri, Sat); 10 am to 4pm (Sun)
Fees: Adults $5, children free, Members of the Museum free.
Has ramps and ADA bathrooms