Saguaro Theater Past & Present

The Saguaro Theater in Wickenburg was built in 1948 and was the only movie theater in town. All these years it was primarily a First Run Moviehouse but now, the current owners are changing that.

With Wickenburg known as the ‘Team Roping Capital of the World’, it seems only fitting that its’ hometown theater begins to reflect the ‘Wild West’ heritage that continues here today. So, instead of only showing First Run films we will be alternating with Classic Westerns, giving both equal screen time. Yes, we will be showing all your favorite John Wayne movies over time but also the vast quantity of other quality Westerns that aren’t as well known.

Did you know that Wayne starred in a highly prolific 168 Western movies in his career? But what about Westerns staring these other A-list actors: Gary Cooper, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas, Alan Ladd, Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck, Paul Newman, Robert Ryan, Richard Widmark and Steve McQueen?

And then there are Roy Rogers, Audie Murphy, Johnny Mack Brown, Gene Autry, William Boyd, Tim Holt, Rory Calhoun, and don’t forget Tom Mix, Hoot Gibson, Buck Jones, Bob Steel, Tim McCoy and many, many more.

Lots to choose from… so our intent each week is to always have a Western playing at the Saguaro. Whether it is a major studio film at 7 pm or a ‘B’ western matinee or early show you can count on us for weekly Westerns.

Classic Films

We will not forget the other classic genres, from the Sci-Fi’s of the ’50s, film noir and detective, murder mysteries, intense drama or even comedy & romance. If they have good stories, are well-acted and produced, if they are enduring, quality classics, we will play them.

Coming attractions

The Saguaro used to have a larger lobby and concession area but that space was reduced, cut off and leased to a real estate office next door in the early 50’s. We plan to change that in the summer of 2021 and will open our lobby again into a large concession area with greatly expanded food offerings, beer & wine, margaritas and even shots of whisky for sale.

So, with our new, super comfortable seats, updated air conditioning system, brand new, super-bright laser projector (coming soon), real butter on the popcorn and many other improvements, we look forward to welcoming you soon to the ‘new’, classic Saguaro Theater

A mock up of the new theater signs.

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