Elvis Chapel

The Elvis Memorial Chapel is a movie prop that was built for the 1969 Elvis Presley western Charro!, which was the only movie Elvis made in which he did not sing, but played a strictly dramatic role.

Survivor of two fires, one in 1969 and one in 2004, which decimated Apacheland Movie Ranch, the Elvis  Memorial Chapel was donated to the Superstition Mountain Museum by Sue and Ed Birmingham.

Elvis Memorial Chapel - during a golden sunset (Photo by Jack Olson)

(Photo by Jack Olson)

Elvis Chapel with Superstition Mountain in the background, on a cloudy day.

(Photo by Jack Olson)

The chapel was taken down piece by piece, nail by nail, has been reconstructed on the museum ground.

The Apacheland Movie Ranch Museum is a special museum of western motion pictures and television that were filmed there over a 45 year period, including “Charro!,” which starred Elvis Presley. Among some of the better known motion pictures filmed at Apacheland were: The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Arizona Raiders ,The Haunted, Kenny Rogers as the Gambler: The Adventure Continues and Blind Justice. Television series included Have Gun Will Travel, and Wanted Dead or Alive.

There is a special display in the back of the Chapel dedicated to famed Country Singer Patsy Montana, who became famous as the first female Country performer to have a million-selling single.

It will also serve, as it has since it was first constructed, as a wedding chapel and reservations are being taken. For more information on booking your wedding at the Elvis Chapel, please contact Jeff Danford at 480-983-4888 Ext. 105, or by email at coordinator@superstitionmountainmuseum.org.

Elvis Memorial Chapel at sunrise - (Photo by Jack Olson)

(Photo by Jack Olson)


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