• The Texas White House

    Lyndon B Johnson

    National Historical Park Texas

“The Searchers” with John Wayne to be Shown at Movies Under the Stars on the LBJ Ranch

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Date: May 31, 2011
Contact: Liz Lindig, 830-868-7128 ext 231

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park invites the public to view a classic American western movie on Saturday, June 4 at 8:30 p.m. by attending a screening of The Searchers. It stars John Wayne as a middle-aged Civil War veteran who spends years looking for his abducted niece, along with Jeffrey Hunter as his adoptive nephew, who accompanies him.

The film was a commercial success, although it received no Academy Award nominations. It was named the Greatest American Western of all time by the American Film Institute in 2008, and it placed 12th on the American Film Institute’s 2007 list of the Top 100 greatest movies of all time.

The movie will be projected onto an 18 by 25 foot outdoor screen that includes a professional sound system. Everyone should bring their own choice of seating, and picnicking before and during the movie is permitted.

President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson often invited friends and neighbors to attend movie showings in their airplane hangar, which also served as a location for press conferences and family gatherings. The movie will be shown in the area adjacent to the historic hangar.

The public can drive on to the LBJ Ranch beginning at 7:00 pm with free parking on the taxiway adjacent to the ranch airplane hangar.

The next film in the Movies under the Stars series is Yogi Bear on Saturday, July 9.

For further information and driving directions, please call (830) 868-7128, ext. 244.

Did You Know?

Johnson Helicopter

Lyndon Johnson was the first candidate in history to campaign by helicopter. Known as "The Johnson City Windmill," it was used during his second bid for the U.S. Senate in 1948. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park