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Enjoy evening out at historic ranch

CARLSBAD — Enjoy an evening of nostalgia, food, live entertainment, a silent auction and a special outdoor screening of the 1941 film “Honolulu Lu,” starring Leo Carrillo, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the city’s annual Dinner and a Movie fundraiser for Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. Tickets must be purchased by Aug. 8 at Leo Carrillo Ranch Visitor Center or online at (Class / Event Number: 12923). The $40 cost includes one dinner and a complimentary door prize entry. For more information call (760) 476-1042 or visit

The movie starts promptly at sunset with a showing of “The Cisco Kid” before the main feature. Be sure to bring your low-back chair, warm clothes, and a flashlight. There are no ticket sales at the door.

Proceeds from the event support the Carrillo Ranch Trust Fund, which was established by the city of Carlsbad to enable the public to support the continued restoration and enhancement of this historic site. Donations to the trust fund are only used for the development, operation and maintenance of Leo Carrillo Ranch.

“Honolulu Lu,” is a comedy that tells the story of Consuelo Cordoba (Lupe Velez) a headstrong girl trying to reform her con man uncle Don Estaban Cordoba (Leo Carrrillo), who is posing as a wealthy tourist in Hawaii.

Once owned by actor and conservationist Leo Carrillo, the historic ranch park features hand-crafted adobe buildings, antique windmills, a reflecting pool and many other beautiful historic structures where visitors can explore and experience California history. Nature-lovers delight in agave, bougainvillea, birds of paradise, plentiful trees and dozens of peacocks who call the ranch home. Leo Carrillo Ranch is a designated National Historic Landmark that was opened to the public by the City of Carlsbad in 2003. It is connected to the citywide trails system via the four-mile long Rancho Carrillo trail.

Rancho de los Quiotes was established in 1937 by Leo Carrillo, best known for his Hollywood role as “Pancho” in The Cisco Kid television series. Some of the visitors, in Hollywood’s heyday, included Clark Gable, along with other legends shown in exhibit photos throughout the ranch detailing the history of the property and its owner.