Farmington — Children and their families crowded into the Totah Theater on Tuesday evening, eagerly donning black masks and grabbing bags of popcorn from the concession stand.
As the families entered the theater, an image of Shiprock was displayed on the screen, and every wall was covered in movie posters for "The Lone Ranger."
The posters, all created by local children, were part of the Lone Ranger Movie Poster Contest for Kids. The winners' posters were displayed on the front of the stage during the Freedom Days Hi-Yo Silver Away event Tuesday evening. The movie was released Wednesday.
The Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau organized the event, in conjunction with the Shiprock Chapter and the Navajo Nation Tourism Department.
"As everyone can see, we're all very excited about the opening of 'The Lone Ranger,'" Tonya Stinson, the convention and visitors bureau's executive director, told the audience on Tuesday evening.
One of the main reasons for the excitement is that the movie features the Shiprock pinnacle, as well as other Four Corners area landmark such as Monument Valley. While other movies have also featured the Shiprock pinnacle, "The Lone Ranger" has received the most attention recently.
"It really doesn't get much bigger than a Disney produced movie," Stinson said.
"The Lone Ranger," based on the radio and television series, stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. It tells the story of a former Texas Ranger who becomes a masked man fighting injustice.
Stinson said she hopes people around the world will see "The Lone Ranger" and will want to visit the Four Corners and see the Shiprock pinnacle.
Taryn Sorrelhorse, 6, received her poster form while in class. She had never seen "The Lone Ranger," but she drew a detailed picture of the Lone Ranger riding his horse, Silver, past Shiprock.
Her picture earned her the distinction of being runner-up in the 5 to 7 year old category.
"We just told her to try it," Taryn's mother, Sandra Sorrelhorse, said.
Jason Sorrelhorse, Taryn's father, said Taryn insisted on finishing the picture in one night.
"My mom made me color it," Taryn said, adding that she was glad to have won runner-up.