Little Hollywood Land became the new name for a venerable downtown Kanab business when Tom Forsythe needed a way to integrate a movie set museum, a photography gallery and studio, a classic trading post and a chuckwagon restaurant into a coherent business identity. It’s still a work in progress but at least the name is festive.
Tom took over the operations at Little Hollywood Land in August 2006. At the time it consisted of only a small gift shop and a rustic dining room built around a collection of movie sets from the Little Hollywood glory days of Southern Utah.
Before long, the opportunity to collaborate with "Chuckwagon Cookout, Inc." came along. After extensive expansion and remodeling during the winter of 2006 and spring of 2007, what was then known as Frontier Movie Town grew into a much larger gift shop with new restrooms and multiple dining rooms to serve classic cowboy grub to up to 400 guests at a time.
The Trading Post has an eclectic mix of fine gifts and fun souvenirs that make it easy to take home iconic memories of the American West. We like to say we’re ‘mostly made in the USA.’ That’s the case with our Native American arts & jewelry and with most of the hats, boots and even shirts. The one group of merchandise we can only source out of China is everything dealing with that great American hero – John Wayne. But, today, there’s really nothing more American than outsourcing to China so the Duke would probably approve.
The photography department captures the delight, glee and general silliness of visitors from all over the world participating in the How The West Was Lost skit as well as offering both straightforward costume photography and a wide range of custom photography services.
Tom Forsythe is best known for the Food Chain Barbie series that ended up becoming a precedent setting legal battle demonstrating the strength of Fair Use in visual art. Tom continues to explore the themes of identity and self discovery that have long been his passion.
To better preserve and provide interpretation for the rare and somewhat magical movie sets on the back lot, the Little Hollywood Movie Museum was resurrected as a 501 (c) (3) non profit in 2009 and is always evolving and seeking out better ways to tell the story of how this area’s amazing landscape became a backdrop for the way the world sees the West – not to mention outer space.