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Movie Poster and Associated Materials Collection

Color lobby card for the 1953 Arena. The image depicts a large cowboy emerging from a movie screen to punch an audience member.

The collection has eight series and contains movie posters, lobby cards, promotional still photographs, press books, and scripts relating to movies that were filmed in Southern Arizona, more specifically Old Tucson, or were set in the American Southwest. The collection also contains posters of advertisements of western goods and depictions of western life in the 20th century. Many of the movies are from the western genre from the late 1940's – 1960's, but the biker, film noir, science fiction, and thriller genres are also represented.