Old Tucson gears up for a long-awaited return with Nightfall

Old Tucson gears up for its long-awaited return with Nightfall.
Old Tucson gears up for its long-awaited return with Nightfall.
Published: Jul. 8, 2022 at 6:50 PM MST|Updated: Aug. 17, 2022 at 1:13 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Old Tucson, the former western movie studio will be up and running again, starting with the return of Nightfall.

Nightfall officially opens Oct. 6, but actors are being hired.

Tickets for Nightfall, which runs through Oct. 30, can be booked beginning Sept. 1 at NightfallAZ.com. Prices range from free (children 4 and under) to $45 (adult premium).

Nightfall will now have a detailed storyline and guests are encouraged to talk with the cast, and piece together clue to solve the western town’s terrifying mystery. There will no longer be roaming scares. Scares will only be in the various haunts.

Overall there’s a lot of excitement about the return of Nightfall, but this is just the start and we’re told that Old Tucson will soon be back and better than ever.

″I think there is no better time to open. Nightfall really is going to kickstart everything here, and then we have Christmas coming up after that and then we can get into the day shows and gun fights and the daily living of what happens out here,” stunt coordinator Austin Buchanan said.

He worked as an actor for Nightfall and Old Tucson for almost 10 years. When it closed, it was devastating.

″I basically grew up out here. I was a kid coming out to the shows and then when I was old enough I got a job out here and worked until I was about 25-26 and the fact that it’s coming back really means a lot to me,” he said.

Now he’s helping with the big return of Old Tucson and Nightfall along with production manager, Michael Thomas-Visgar. But after being closed for years, there’s a lot to get done in just a matter of months.

″It’s been a lot of logistics figuring out technical elements that we need to install and replace from what was here before as well as figuring out the local team on the ground,” Thomas-Visgar said.

Along with fixing up the park, they’re hoping to hire 45-60 actors for the 30th anniversary of Nightfall. They say this year will be different from what some may remember from past years, but they’re hoping to go back to the roots and make it more of an immersive experience for all of Tucson to enjoy.

″Nightfall is a really important part of the community here and everyone loves coming out to it. It seemed like a great way to open up the park with a bang,” he said.

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