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Matt Mauser & The Pete Jacobs Orchestra

Enjoy an evening like no other… A collaboration between Matt Mauser and the Pete Jacobs Orchestra that captures Sinatra’s talent at the height of his career when singing with The Count Basie Orchestra at The Sands hotel in Las Vegas.

Matt SingingMatt’s vocal style and Pete’s genius as a conductor are a tribute to the two greats coming together. While there are plenty of tribute acts and impersonators of legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra, Mauser takes it to a level beyond. His golden voice recreates the Sinatra magic with his impeccable phrasing and smooth ring-a-ding-ding style. 

For Frank Sinatra fans, Matt Mauser is absolutely uncanny. The show, incorporates true-to-form songs once crafted and branded by Ol’ Blue Eyes, himself. Additionally, Matt and band will be tossing in a few modern rock and R&B classics that Matt says he’s sure Sinatra would have loved singing.

The evening will take you down memory lane… with a marvelous rundown of Sinatra songs including "Come Fly With Me," "Luck be a Lady" (first as Brando sang it in "Guys and Dolls"), "The Best is Yet to Come," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Fly Me to the Moon," "Night and Day," "The Lady is a Tramp," "You Make me Feel so Young," and "I've Got You Under my Skin" and of course Ol’ Blue Eyes classic - New York New York.



Saturday  June 2th, 2018

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Every June, the magnificent Lone Ranger Canyon, located in the Alabama Hills, is transformed into an “under the stars” venue for hosting the annual Lone Pine – “Concert in the Rocks”. The evening begins with a welcoming reception in the museum for annual members. Following the reception, members and other attendees are transported to the Alabama Hills for a "Cowboy Ranch" dinner preceding the show. 

When the entertainment starts, the evening sky is displaying early stars and the setting sun’s shadows are long on the canyon floor as the discreetly hidden lights create unique and mysterious shadows on the canyon walls. 

boot_ImageCocktail Reception for Museum of Western Film History Members 4:30 PM

boot_ImageShuttle bus starts at 5.00 PM from the museum. (members and other attendees)

boot_ImageSit down dinner begins at 6:00 PM (Vegetarian Option Available)

Alabama Hills Cafe
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Dow Villa
Lees Frontier
Merry Go Round
Mt. Whitney Restaurant
Pizza Factory
Sierra Storage
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boot_ImagePay bar (wine, beer, spirits)
  Tickets available at the Museum

boot_ImageWater and soft drinks provided

boot_ImageConcert commences at dusk

boot_ImageReturn shuttle around 10:00 PM after the concert ends



Transportation to the Canyon IS ONLY by bus service.
Buses will leave the Museum for Lone Ranger Canyon at 5:00 PM.

The entry to Lone Ranger Canyon will be roped off providing entry ONLY to buses.


@$135.00 Per Person 

$90.00 Per Person




Please note: Concert Ticket purchases are FINAL. There are NO refunds

Staying the Night
Check out our Visitor Guide links for Local Motels
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History of Lone Ranger Canyon

While details differ, the basic story of the origin of the Lone Ranger is the same in most versions of the franchise. Six Texas Rangers are drawn into a remote canyon and ambushed by a band of outlaws led by Bartholomew "Butch" Cavendish. All are left for dead.

Later, a young Indian named Tonto stumbles on the scene and recognizes the lone survivor, Ranger Reid (whose first name was never given), as the man who had saved his life at some time in the past. He nurses Reid back to health after digging six graves for Reid's comrades, so that Cavendish will think there were no survivors, forgetting that Cavendish thought he had killed seven men in that canyon, including the traitorous scout who led the Rangers into the trap. Among them is Reid's brother, Captain Daniel Reid, who is a Captain of the Texas Rangers. Tonto fashions a black Domino mask using material from Captain Reid's vest to conceal the Lone Ranger's identity. Even after the Cavendish gang is brought to justice, Reid continues to fight for law and order against evil and crime under the guise of the Lone Ranger.

Yes, Kimosabes, that ambush happened in The Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, California, in what is now called Lone Ranger Canyon. Each year, the Lone Pine community and Lone Pine Film History Museum pay tribute to the heritage of the canyon’s history by transforming the dramatic canyon into a magical entertainment venue under the Eastern Sierra stars.


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Will be Raffled Off at the
2018 Lone Pine "Concert in the Rocks"

Fundraising Event for the 
Museum of Western Film History

The Museum of Western Film History, known for it's annual "Quilt Raffle" is pleased to announce a second quilt raffle - AMERICAN ICON.   

AMERICAN ICON is from a Big Fork Bay Cotton Quilt Co. design. The pattern is by Brenda Hermundstad Yirsa. The quilt was donated and machine quilted by Linda Kimball. The finished quilt is 35.5" x 49."  The winner to be drawn at the June, 2018 Lone Pine "Concert in the Rocks."

American Icon will be raffled at the June 2018 Lone Pine "Concert in the Rocks." Proceeds from the Quilt will benefit the Museum of Western Film History Acquisition fund.

Tickets are $1.00 per ticket or 6 for $5.00 and can be purchased at the Museum or you can call and purchase over the phone. Tickets will be mailed to you.

American Icon Web PicTo order over the telephone, call the Museum Gift Shop 760-876-9909.

Hours for the gift shop are: Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
                                                   Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Winner does not need to be present at drawing. For those buying over the telephone please make sure you provide e-mail and phone number.

The mission of the Museum of Western Film History is to collect, preserve, protect, archive and exhibit a variety of original materials containing information of permanent historical value relating to the history and heritage of the American Western Film for the preservation, education and enrichment of the public. The Museum actively pursues collections of personal papers, business and organizational records, as well as memorabilia that reflect and document aspects of Western film history and popular culture for successive generations to discover.  Located on Highway 395 on the south end of town, the museum’s 10,000 square feet of exhibits, an eighty-five seat movie theater and gift shop offer visitors a unique experience helping to document and interpret the cultural heritage of America’s cinematic history through film programs, artifact preservation and exhibits.

However, the museum's largest exhibit is its “Back Lot” – The Alabama Hills, just to the west of town. Since the early 1920s, these rugged, rounded rock formations and meandering gullies have played a "starring role" as Hollywood’s Western backdrop for cowboy action thrillers featuring Hopalong Cassidy, Randolph Scott, Gene Autry, Tim Holt and Roy Rogers. William Shatner, Kevin Bacon and Robert Downey Jr. have all filmed in the shadow of Mount Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States, in such films as Star Trek, Tremors, and Ironman.  

Come visit and enjoy a very unique film experience … and join us each Columbus Day weekend for our annual Lone Pine Film Festival honoring the heroes and heroines of the silver screen. Mingle with celebrity guests, visit the movie sites with the "back lot tours;" enjoy classic film screenings, a Sunday Cowboy Church service; and close the weekend with an old fashion “Main Street parade" and Sunday evening's campfire roundup in the park.

John Wayne - Stagecoach

Stagecoach Rifle 1Stagecoach is a 1939 American Western film directed by John Ford, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne in his breakthrough role. The screenplay, written by Dudley Nichols, is an adaptation of "The Stage to Lordsburg", a 1937 short story by Ernest Haycox. The film follows a group of strangers riding on a stagecoach through dangerous Apache territory.

An enduring masterpiece Stagecoach revolutionized the western, elevating it from B movie to the A-list and establishing the genre as we know it today. Film critics have said that Stagecoach is not only responsible for creating the heroic, rugged, self-reliant Wayne persona, it also is arguably the first exemplar of the modern film.

Stagecoach was the first of many Westerns that Ford shot using Monument Valley, as a location and the movie did much to popularize it. Scenes from Stagecoach, including a famous sequence introducing John Wayne's character the Ringo Kid, blended shots of Monument Valley with shots filmed on the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, California, RKO Encino Movie Ranch, and other locations. STAGECOACH Poster

Monument Valley is part of the vast Navajo reservation near the Utah/Arizona border, the desolate landscape with its striking sandstone buttes and mesas, lends a mythic quality to the film, dwarfing the vulnerable stagecoach party in the presence of eternal and impersonal Nature. It came to embody the very idea of the West for John Ford, who used Monument Valley in many of his later films

In 1995, this film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in their National Film Registry.

Although Ford had made many Westerns in the silent film era, he had never previously directed a sound Western. Between 1929 and 1939, he directed films in almost every other genre, including Wee Willie Winkie (1937), starring Shirley Temple.

Ford declined to use Wayne in any of his projects during the 1930s despite their close friendship, telling Wayne to wait until he was "ready" as an actor. In 1938, Ford invited Wayne, who was already a good friend, on a weekend boat trip to read the screenplay. "I'm having a hell of a time deciding whom to cast as the Ringo Kid," he said. "You know a lot of young actors, Duke. See what you think." Wayne suggested Lloyd Nolan. "Nolan?" Ford asked incredulously. "Jesus Christ, I just wish to hell I could find some young actor in this town who can ride a horse and act." The next day, as the boat pulled into the harbor, Ford declared, "I have made up my mind. I want you to play the Ringo Kid." It was likely that Ford had Wayne in mind for the role from the beginning.

Before production, John Ford shopped the project around to several Hollywood studios, all of which turned him down because big budget Westerns were out of vogue, and because Ford insisted on using John Wayne in a key role in the film. Wayne previously appeared in only one big-budget western, The Big Trail (1930, directed by Raoul Walsh), which was a huge box office flop. (Wayne, by his own estimate had said that between 1930–1939, he worked, appearing in about eighty "Poverty Row" westerns.)

Ford was having trouble finding a studio to produce the film, primarily due to budget and a casting of unknown Wayne. Walter Wanger had the same reservations about producing an "A" western and even more about one starring John Wayne. He was also concerned Ford had not directed a western since the silent days, the most notable of which had been The Iron Horse (1924) and 3 Godfathers (1926). Wanger said he would not risk his money unless Ford replaced John Wayne with Gary Cooper and brought in Marlene Dietrich to play Dallas

Ford refused to budge; it would be Wayne or no one. Eventually they compromised, with Wanger putting up $250,000, a little more than half of what Ford had been seeking, and Ford would give top billing to Claire Trevor, a more well-known name than John Wayne in 1939.vFollowing the film's release on March 2, 1939, Ford's faith in John Wayne was rewarded as the film met with immediate critical and trade paper success.  Cast member Louise Platt, in a letter recounting the experience of the film's production, quoted Ford on saying of Wayne's future in film: "He'll be the biggest star ever because he is the perfect 'everyman'".

Stagecoach has been lauded as one of the most influential films ever made. Orson Welles argued that it was a perfect textbook of film-making and claimed to have watched it more than 40 times in preparation for the making of Citizen Kane. The film made a profit of $297,690.

Stagecoach received seven Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Art Direction and Best Supporting Actor (Thomas Mitchell). Even in the face of the Gone With the Wind juggernaut at that year's Academy Awards ceremony, it won two awards - for Thomas Mitchell's performance as Dr. Josiah Boone and for the score, a deft combination of folk tunes, including the hymn "Shall We Gather at the River," which seems to have been used in every subsequent Ford Western and is darkly parodied in Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (1969).

Legendary stuntman Yakima Canutt also deserves to be noted for his contributions to the picture. One scene, which required the stagecoach full of passengers to be floated across a river, was deemed impossible by technicians to pull off and John Ford considered removing it from the script altogether. Canutt, however, suggested using hollow logs tied to the coach; the air would give them increased buoyancy, offsetting the weight of the fully loaded coach. In addition, an underwater cable was used to help pull the stagecoach. Canutt's plan worked, and the scene was retained for the film. But it is for Canutt's magnificent (and dangerous) stunts on this film that he is remembered today. In the most striking of these, he plays an Indian who rides alongside the coach at full speed - approximately forty miles per hour - and transfers from the horse he is riding to a horse on the team. After he is shot by Wayne, he falls between the two lead horses and hangs from the rig before letting go and allowing the horses and the stagecoach to pass over him. The stunt, which was broken up into two segments for the shoot, required precise timing and movements since any miscalculations or slips on Canutt's part could have been deadly. Steven Spielberg made an homage to this scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) when Indiana Jones slides down the hood of a moving car, passes underneath it and is dragged behind.


Contact Info

The Museum of Western Film History
701 S. Main Street
Lone Pine, CA 93545