What do you know about Old Tucson Studios?

Brief Description:

Old Tucson Studios is a old west town made famous as the location used in more than 300 movies and TV shows.  It is a movie studio and theme park that displays living history presentations of mock gunfights, stunt shows, rodeos and musicals.  It also offers historic tours, rides, shows, games along with gift shops and food outlets for people of all ages.  By the 1980's, the attraction was 2nd in Arizona visitation only to the Grand Canyon. 



Old Tucson Studios opened in 1939 when Columbia Pictures created a replica of 1860’s Tucson for the Movie Arizona.  Local technicians and carpenters built more than 50 buildings in 40 days.  Descendants of the Tohono O’odham nation, who were Arizona’s first inhabitants, assisted in the set production.  Without having running water, they made more than 350,000 adobe bricks from dirt to create the authentic-looking structures for the film, where many still stand today.  Following the completion of filming, Columbia Pictures donated the Old Tucson set to Pima County. After the filming of Arizona, Old Tucson was vacant until the 1945 film The Bells of St. Mary’s, starring Bing Crosby.  Hollywood began to take notice of Old Tucson, which became a hotspot for filming and became known as “Hollywood in the Desert.”  During the 1950’s, Western movies became common, and films such as Gunfight at the OK Corral (1956) and The Lone Ranger and The Lost City of Gold (1957) were filmed at Old Tucson.  By the early 1960s, the studios began to grow and expand with the creation of more buildings for movies.  Western film legend John Wayne starred in four movies at Old Tucson including Rio Bravo (1959), McLintock! (1963), El Dorado (1967) and Rio Lobo (1970). Old Tucson had become the leading western film location.  Today, Old Tucson has mainly been used for documentaries, television commercials, fashion magazine spreads and catalog shots.

Admission (Plus Tax):

$17.95   Adults (ages 12 and over)
$10.95   Children (ages 4-11)
Children (ages 3 and under) are admitted free of charge.

Open 10 am - 4 pm, 7 days a week.

Visit for more information: http://oldtucson.com/ 


Nightfall at Old Tucson Studios

"Tucson’s Only Haunted Town!"


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Nightfall is hosted at Old Tucson Studios, three or four days around Halloween every year. It is one of the most popular attractions in Tucson around the holiday.  Nightfall incorporates all of Old Tucson Studios, altered to create a haunted house like experience. This includes walkthroughs, employees and actors in costumes. Listed below are some of the features of Nightfall. 

Warning from Old Tucson Studios:

"Due to the subject matter and realism of Nightfall, this event may not be and most likely is not appropriate for younger people, those with medical conditions or squeamish adults. Medical Conditions include but are not limited to heart conditions, digestive disorders, and most Phobias. All guests enter at their own risk.  Old Tucson takes no responsibility for guests who are offended by subject matter, verbal abuse or have bladder control issues.  No refunds will be given; no re-entry allowed."


History of Nightfall: http://nightfallaz.com/history-of-nightfall/

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Shows and attractions are subject to change every year. 


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Shows: Opening ceremony, Fertile Ground 2 - A New Harvest, The Necro Show, and Last Dance of the Dead.

Around Old Tucson Studios: Terror Square, The Bunker, Iron Door Mine, Creepy Crawly Cave, Doom Town, Rattlesnake Gulch, and  Dead Horse Saloon.

Additional Attractions: Strange Family Circus, Twisted Circus Train, Haunted Hayride, Zombie Shoot, and Thrill Quest Attractions. 




Thursday – 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Friday 6:00 pm to Midnight

Saturday  6:00 pm to Midnight

Sunday 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


 ADULT (ages 12 and over)    $28 plus tax

CHILD (ages 9 to 11)                $21 plus tax

CHILD (ages 8 and under)  admitted free




All information for Nightfall cited from http://nightfallaz.com/.