Dinner and a Movie: Gene Autry Westerns

Tuesdays in July at the Autry National Center



Gene Autry and his trusty horse Champion will be featured on the big screen at the Autry National Center Tuesdays in July for Dinner and a Movie: Gene Autry Westerns. The event will include al fresco dining, special gallery talks, screenings of fully restored Gene Autry Western films, and discounts on Gene Autry movies in the museum store.

For those not familiar with the Autry movies, the story lines usually involved a Western-themed drama with conflict, cowboy style excitement, sometimes Autry sang, and in these wholesome, family friendly films, the good guy (Autry) always won. Senior Curator Michael Duchemin will lead the Gene Autry gallery talks from inside the current exhibition Cowboys and Presidents, Vice President of Gene Autry Entertainment Karla Buhlman will host a talk before the film, and a beautifully restored Gene Autry and Champion will grace the movie screen. The Golden Spur Cafe will offer tasty meals to kick off the evening.

Schedule:  Dinner: 5 pm; Gallery tours: 5:45 and 6:30 pm; Film introduction: 7:15 pm; Screening: 7:30 pm.

Admission: $15 Autry members / $18 general admission / $10 children 12 and under. Price includes museum admission, dinner, curator-guided gallery tour, and movie screening. As always, parking is free.

RSVP: 323.667.2000, ext. 300

Location: Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027


Tuesday, July 8
Guns and Guitars (1936)

As musicians in a traveling medicine show, Gene Autry and Frog Millhouse land in the midst of a Texas cattle war. Gene blazes into action with bullets, ballots, and ballads to clean up the crooked cattlemen and their quarantined cattle.

Tuesday, July 15
Rovin’ Tumbleweeds (1939)

When Rancher Gene Autry becomes a singer to aid farmers and ranchers, his radio popularity propels him into politics and he is elected to Congress. Blaming crooked politicians for the disaster, Gene tries to put through a flood control bill and finds he has a lot to learn.

Tuesday, July 22
Gaucho Serenade (1940)

A case of mistaken identity sends Gene and Frog, two down-and-out ex–rodeo stars, on a rip-roaring, cross-country trek as they help a little boy evade the gangsters responsible for the false imprisonment of his father.

Tuesday, July 29

Barbed Wire (1952)
In 1878, Gene Autry is a cattle buyer who tries to settle a battle between the cattlemen and homesteaders, when the latter are worked up into a feverish pitch by an unscrupulous landowner.

Museum of the American West

The Museum of the American West explores the interwoven histories and myths of the American West and its diverse peoples. The museum enhances our understanding of the present by collecting, preserving, and interpreting objects and art, making connections between people today and those who have shaped the past. It is located in Griffith Park .

The Museum of the American West and the museum store are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From June 1 to August 31, Thursday hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free on the second Tuesday of every month and free for veterans year-round.

Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for students and seniors 60+, $3 for children ages 3–12, and free for Autry members, veterans, and children age 2 and under.




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