50th Anniversary of The Sons of Katie Elder Celebrated at LBJ Ranch in Popular “Movies Under the Stars” Series

Visitors enjoying "Movies Under the Stars"

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News Release Date: July 1, 2015

Contact: Brian Vickers, 830-868-7128 x 233 or 244

JOHNSON CITY, TEXAS -- Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park continues its popular outdoor summer movie series onSaturday, July 11, with the showing of the movie, "The Sons of Katie Elder," starring John Wayne and Dean Martin at the LBJ Ranch near Stonewall. The film starts at dusk and will be presented on a large outdoor screen. Access to the ranch begins at7:00 pm. A movie trivia contest will precede the film. Prizes will be given out to lucky contest winners.


Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and refreshments. The program is free of charge.Entry to the LBJ Ranch is conveniently located off US Highway 290 onto Ranch Road 1. Parking is available on the airstrip taxiway adjacent to the movie site.


The Johnsons enjoyed inviting guests to their ranch to show some of the biggest blockbusters of the 1960s. For modern visitors, the "Movie Under the Stars" series is a great way to enjoy timeless classics while experiencing a fun-filled night of family fun on the LBJ Ranch—just like friends of the Johnsons experienced in the 1960s and 1970s.  


This year is the 50thanniversary of "The Sons of Katie Elder." It was released in 1965, during Johnson's presidency, and went on to gross over $13 million at the box office. John Wayne stars in this classic western as the oldest of four Elder brothers who reunite in Texas to bury their mother and investigate the death of their father. However, a meddling sheriff and a rival gang have other plans for the brothers, and soon a conflict with the rival gang erupts.


Lyndon Johnson loved western movies, and particularly John Wayne films. At this "Movie Under the Stars" event, movie goers can also visit the historic Hangar building at the LBJ Ranch, where President Johnson hosted his movie nights, turning the all-purpose hangar room into a movie theater. Exhibits inside the Hangar visitor include original artifacts and rare film clips, and will be available during the night of the movie event.


The 2015 "Movie Under the Stars" series will conclude onSeptember 12with the classic "The Sound of Music" starring Julie Andrews.


Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is open seven days a week from9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information call 830-868-7128 ext. 231 or 244, or www.nps.gov/lyjo and www.facebook.com/LBJohnsonNPS.


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Last updated: July 5, 2015

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