Gene Autry and cast in The Phantom Empire, publicity still (detail) © Autry Qualified Interest Trust & The Autry Foundation.


Weird West Film Series: The Phantom Empire (1935)

Saturday, July 13, 2019, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

The Autry in Griffith Park

Included With Museum Admission / Free for Autry Members
Reservations Recommended

About the Event

Join us for a marathon screening of all 12 chapters of the classic sci-fi Western serial The Phantom Empire! The underground empire of Murania threatens the world with robots, ray-guns, and Thunder Riders—and only Gene Autry, in his first starring role, can save the day! Watch for Griffith Observatory (the super-scientific, highly advanced kingdom of Murania 20,000 feet below Gene Autry’s Radio Ranch). Chapters are screened every half hour with recaps and quick Q&As before and after with Karla Buhlman, President of Gene Autry Entertainment. Drop in or stay for the whole show, cliffhangers and all.
For more details on the cast and songs in this film, visit the Official Gene Autry website page for The Phantom Empire.
Directed by Otto Brower and Breezy Eason | Starring Gene Autry, Frankie Darro, and Betsy King Ross

Screening Schedule

10:30 a.m. | Introduction by Karla Buhlman
10:45 a.m. | Chapter 1 “The Singing Cowboy”
11:30 a.m. | Chapter 2 “The Thunder Riders”
Noon | Chapter 3 “The Lightning Chamber”
12:30 p.m. | Chapter 4 “Phantom Broadcast”
1:00 p.m. | Chapter 5 “Beneath the Earth”
1:30 p.m. | LUNCH BREAK (Food and drink are available for purchase at Crossroads West Cafe.)
2:00 p.m. | Chapter 6 “Disaster from the Skies”
2:30 p.m. | Chapter 7 “From Death to Life”
3:00 p.m. | Chapter 8 “Jaws of Jeopardy”
3:30 p.m. | Chapter 9 “Prisoner of the Ray”
4:00 p.m. | Chapter 10 “The Rebellion”
4:30 p.m. | Chapter 11 “A Queen in Chains”
5:00 p.m. | Chapter 12 “The End of Murania”

Weird West Film Series
This screening is part of the Autry's Weird West Film Series. Explore wild and weird Western-genre hybrids, from horror to science fiction and more.