Hollywood & Gold Country!

One of the many beautiful country roads in Tuolumne County. Because of the diverse terrain, great weather and unique locations, Tuolumne County has been a backdrop for many well-known films.
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Columbia State Historic Park just minutes to Sonora, California.

Hidden in plain sight within our modern life, historic Columbia State Historic Park in Northern California is still alive and well. It’s even possible to imagine gun slingers and gold miners mingling with the many celebrities such as Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly who both starred in High Noon and filmed in one of California’s most iconic State Historic Parks. Nowadays the streets are filled with families and film fans taking in the history. Every once in a while, someone comes back and films a movie or commercial. But on a regular day, you can visit the famous but not forgotten buildings that still stand, and remember all whom have passed through the dusty yet well-maintained streets.

Railtown 1897 located in Jamestown, California (just minutes from downtown Sonora). The famous #3 Steam Engine was used in Back to the Future as well as many other movies.

Even with the fame that films have brought to Columbia State Historic Park, you’ll also have to visit Railtown 1897. Many celebrities rode the rails of the nearby historic Jamestown. It is famous for TV shows, High Noon, Back To The Furture III, The Wild Wild West and many more, Railtown boasts the famous Movie Star Steam Engine #3 which is located in this historic town in California. It’s about a 3 hour drive from San Francisco on Highway 108 which is only a few miles from the Highway 120 turnoff to Yosemite National Park (which is only 50 miles away). Jamestown’s Railtown 1897 is run by the California State Park system and the California Railroad Museum association. The famous Number 3 steam engine runs on a regular basis and is in a great location to film any movie.

Railtown 1897 also has one of the only surviving and operating roundhouses on the west coast. Trains leave the depot, passing the famous water tower from the 1960’s television series “Pettycoat Junction” and head down the track where you can enjoy views that only movies are made of.

Historic Downtown Sonora, California — Home of ITSA Film Festival!

In historic downtown Sonora you can still take in a milkshake at the local soda fountain, eat at one of the many affordable or fine dining restaurants; or you can take in sightseeing of the historic buildings that line this beautiful downtown street.

No matter what you decide to do in Tuolumne County, you aren’t far from Hollywood because it still exists in California’s Gold Country.


One of the many major films shot in Tuolumne County where ITSA Film Festival is located.

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How Do I get Tickets?

Join us on Friday, November 4, 2017 at 6 pm for the Tuolumne County PREMIERE of The Other Kids at the Summerville High School Theatre!

Tickets for this 1-night only SPECIAL PRESENTATION TICKET are only $10 in advance through October 31, 2017.

EARLY BIRD ticket purchases online

After October 31st, tickets can be purchased only at the door on November 4th for $15 each.

Arrive as early as 5:30 pm.


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