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The Last Picture Show

Director Peter Bogdanovich
Year 1971
Starring Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Clu Gulager
Rating R
Run Time 118min
More Info IMDb

The Royal Theater - Archer City and the restored Royal Theater on South Sycamore Street are the inspiration for author Larry McMurtry’s semi-autobiographical novel THE LAST PICTURE SHOW and director Peter Bogdonovich’s 1971 film of the same name. Shot in gorgeous black-and-white at a time when it had been completely phased out of practice, the film explores the restive lives of youth in a small Texas town in the 1950s and launched the careers of Cybil Shepard, Jeff Bridges, Randy Quaid and Cloris Leachman. We will be screening the film on the vacant lot adjacent to the Royal Theater, the "last picture show" from the film. Some folks will actually be able to sit inside the Royal to watch the film as the outer wall and roof of the theater was destroyed in a fire in 1965.

Also while in Archer City, be sure to visit some of the most incredible used bookstores in the world owned Larry McMurtry, all of which are on the historic square. Bibliophiles should come early before the show to spend the day in these Texas treasures.

Please note:

  • Admission is free and first come, first serve
  • Facebook RSVP does not guarantee admission
  • Bring your own seating and arrive early for good spot!
  • All screenings are 35mm and will be preceded by a reel of vintage themed 35mm trailers
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