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The Coen brothers' 2010 remake of 1969 classic "True Grit" launched with a budget of $38 million and endured 15,000 applicants for the role of protagonist Mattie Ross.
The role was won by Hailee Steinfield, and the film would gross $250 million worldwide.
Shooting the wild west is still prohibitively expensive since precious few western settings remain unchanged. The Coen brothers needed genuine 1800s sets.
Thankfully, Austin was able to oblige.
Once known as Millett Opera House, the Austin Club was built in 1878, and forged the perfect location for a wild west street scene.
Once the social center of Austin, the club's kerosene lamps have borne witness to performances by John Sullivan, Williams Jennings Bryan, and John Phillip Sousa.
You can see the Austin Club at the 00:36 second mark in the film's trailer:
A local favorite for weddings, the Austin Club offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but membership will cost you over $1,000.
Cover photo credit cineasticshe via Instagram.