Tucson is the Center of the Universe when it comes to Arizona Film in so many ways. “Hollywood in the Desert”, was actually our nickname for many years. Ask any aficionado of western film and television programs about it. Chances are that whatever their favorite is, it had some connection to Tucson. Old Tucson Studios was the home of more westerns per yard than anyplace else. Sabino Canyon had several films with scenes in it as well (including Tombstone). Let’s be serious here for a second, OK? Oklahoma was filmed in the area. Go visit the Locomotive used in that film Downtown at the Railroad Museum.
Tucson hosts a variety of film festivals during the year. In fact TUCSON.ORG has built an online guide to Arizona Film Festivals, and you can find information about Tucson’s many fun film events. Click HERE
We have several registered Not-for-profit theaters here in town that deal in independent, classic and documentary films all during the year including A beautifully restored Fox Theater, The Rialto across from the Equally historic Hotel Congress, and, The Loft Cinema on Speedway East of Downtown.
Here at TUCSON.ORG we take the Arizona film industry very seriously. That’s why we built the Arizona Film Festival Guide. Tucson is the history of film in Arizona, but we love the whole State! So rather than just dig into our own very substantial collection of Film Festivals, we went all in. So get ready to road trip.
Visit Tombstone where the Gunfight at the OK coral occurred. How about Rex Allen days in Wilcox? Did you Know that scenes from the Young Riders was filmed outside of Patagonia? These are all day trips from Tucson.
The Tucson Film office exists to bring Filmmakers together with the resources they need here in the the Southwest. Arizona has a wide range of climate and scenery in close proximity to infrastructure needed to support production. So now you know why Tucson is the Heart of Film in Arizona