River Discovery Center to show How the West Was Won to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Filming in Paducah

Julie Harris
(270) 575-9958

Fifty years ago this month, Hollywood came to Paducah.  Paducah and Smithland were chosen as filming locations for one of Hollywood’s greatest epics, How the West Was Won.  Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars spent weeks in Paducah and the area to film scenes for the movie.    Some of the most legendary action scenes in movie history were in How the West Was Won.  Several local businesses were involved in the production including Owens Cleaners who made costumes and dry cleaned many worn by the stars.  The Ice House was the locale for the famous cave scene.   Many locals were also in the film as extras.

The stars in the film included:  Carroll Baker, Lee J. Cobb, Henry Fonda, Carolyn Jones, Karl Malden, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, Robert Preston, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart, Eli Wallach, John Wayne and Richard Widmark. 

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of filming here in Paducah, the River Discovery Center will be showing the film.  There will be 3 showings in Maiden Alley Cinema located at 112 Maiden Alley in downtown Paducah.  On Tuesday, May 24th, there will be a reception (including wine and light hors d'Ĺ“uvres) prior to the film which will begin at 7pm.  The cost is $30 and all proceeds will benefit the educational programs of the River Discovery Center. 

On Wednesday, May 25th the film will be shown at 2pm and 7pm.  The cost is $5.

Doors open at 6:15pm for 7pm showings and at 1:15pm for 2pm showing. 

It is recommended that you reserve your seat by calling (270) 575-9958.  Payment is required to reserve seating.  Seating at each showing is on a first come first serve basis. 

Julie Harris, center executive director says “this is a unique opportunity to showcase a major event that happened in Paducah 50 years ago.  So much of the community was involved and many locals have wonderful memories of Hollywood’s biggest stars coming here.