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App Theatre Announces Classic Western Film Series in November
“Shane,” “High Noon” and “Tombstone” Top Audience Movie Survey


BOONE, NC – The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country is proud to announce its inaugural
Classic Western Film Series with three of the top films suggested by audience members and
the general public in a recent survey of desired screenings at the venerable cinema landmark
on King Street in downtown Boone. All three movies will be shown at 7 p.m. on three consecutive
Tuesday nights during the month of November 2022 at a general admission ticket price of just
$5 per person

The Academy Award-winning movie “Shane” (1953) led the voting with the most submission in
the classic western film category, and will lead off the series on Tuesday, November 8. It will be
followed one week later by “High Noon” (1952) on November 15, and “Tombstone” (1993) on
Tuesday, November 22. Sponsored by local film enthusiast and theatre trustee Chris Petti, the
selections on the Classic Western Film Series were chosen from hundreds of suggestions
made by audience members and the general public. All three movies begin promptly at 7 p.m.,
but PLEASE NOTE that films @TheApp are shown without trailers, so please arrive a few
minutes before the listed start time to secure tickets and purchase concessions.

Shot in technicolor, “Shane” is an American Western film starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur and
Van Heflin. Released by Paramount Pictures, the film is noted for its landscape cinematography,
editing, performances, and contributions to the genre. The picture was produced and directed
by George Stevens from a screenplay by A. B. Guthrie Jr., based on the 1949 novel of the same
name by Jack Schaefer. Its Oscar-winning cinematography was by Loyal Griggs. It was listed
as number 45 in the 2007 edition of the American Film Institute’s (AFI) “100 Years…100 Movies”
list and number three on AFI’s Top 10 in the ‘Western’ category.

In 1993, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the
Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
The title character is a laconic but skilled gunfighter with a mysterious past who rides into an
isolated valley in the sparsely settled Wyoming Territory in 1889. A drifter, he is hired as a
farmhand by hardscrabble rancher Joe Starrett, who is homesteading with his wife, Marian, and
their young son, Joey. Starrett tells Shane that a war of intimidation is being waged on the
valley’s settlers. Though they have claimed their land legally under the Homestead Act, a
ruthless cattle baron, Rufus Ryker, has hired various rogues and henchmen to harass them and
force them out of the valley.

“Shane” was expensive for a Western movie at the time with a cost of $3.1 million. It was the
first film to be projected in “flat” widescreen, a format that Paramount invented in order to offer
audiences a wider panorama than television could provide.

Although never explicitly stated, the basic plot elements of Shane were derived from the 1892
Johnson County War in Wyoming, the archetypal cattlemen/homesteaders conflict, which also
served as the background for “The Virginian” and “Heaven’s Gate.” The physical setting is the
high plains near Jackson, Wyoming, and many shots feature the Grand Teton massif looming in
the near distance. The fictional town and Starrett homestead were constructed for the film near
Kelly, in the Jackson Hole valley, and demolished after filming was completed. One vintage
structure that appeared briefly in the film, the Ernie Wright Cabin (now popularly referred to by
locals as the “Shane Cabin”) still stands but is steadily deteriorating due to its classification as
“ruins” by the National Park Service.

While the App Theatre’s online ticketing system is accessible 24/7, customers can avoid the
online service fees by visiting the lobby box office between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Tuesday
through Friday, or one hour prior to showtime for each film. For a complete performance schedule
of all upcoming events, or to sign up for the theatre’s e-blast distribution list, visit the organization’s
website at www.apptheatre.org

About the Appalachian Theatre
The mission of the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country is to revitalize and sustain this historic community
touchstone as a quality home for diverse artists and audiences with a special focus on programs that celebrate our
distinctive Appalachian heritage and enhance our capacity to serve as an economic catalyst for Boone and the High
Country. Once a gorgeous 999-seat Art Deco movie house, the building closed in 2007 and sat empty and gutted
for years. On October 14, 2019, the Appalachian Theatre reopened its doors after a $10 million renovation that
brought the distinctive Art Deco details back to this historic theatre and created a new 629-seat, state-of-the-art,
acoustically pristine venue for live concerts, films, plays, and dance performances. The historic Appalachian Theatre
has entertained regional audiences in the heart of downtown Boone, NC since 1938. www.apptheatre.org