PIONEERTOWN

IN 1946 Roy Rogers, Dick Curtis, and the iconic The Sons of The Pioneers western music group purchased 32,000 across and began building what was originally called “Rogersville” but would eventually become Pioneertown. Resembling an 1880’s western town, Mane Street began with several businesses established in fully functional buildings, not just facades. In the late 1940’s and 1950’s Pioneertown was an entirely self-contained town, its residents including cast, crew, and outsiders. By all accounts it was a wild town full of music and whiskey and horses. Hundreds of Westerns would be filmed in town including The Cisco Kid, Annie Oakley and Judge Roy Bean. Gene Autry, the famous Singing Cowboy, spent much of his time in Pioneertown where he filmed his show from the bowling alley. Later as Westerns fell out of fashion and the town lost many residents, one of the old buildings became a roadhouse bar called Pappy and Harriet’s. As the years rolled along and Pappy passed away it was taken over by Linda Krantz and Robyn Celia, and it would grow to become one of the biggest little music venues in the entire country, seeing the likes of Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams, Wanda Jackson, Lorde, Leon Russell, and Daniel Lanois grace its intimate stage only to name a few. Billboard Magazine called it one of the Top Ten live music venues in the entire country. Recently, spurred on by glowing articles in major publications and a vibrant local culture, Hollywood celebrities and Western junkies alike began moving out to Pioneertown in droves activated both by its surrounding natural beauty and its rich film and music history. As the town once again grows and evolves, its heart remains the same. The Pioneertown International Film Festival is the beginning of the next chapter in the story of this great little town with a big history.

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