Let’s tune in the adventures of Joel Spivak, who lived in Philly’s West Oak Lane neighborhood from the mid 1940’s until 1960. Joel was quite an urban explorer. He remains so to this day. In fact, long ago Spivak adopted Cole Porter’s “Don’t Fence Me In” as his anthem. Joel’s an architect, artist and author and he’s also contributing mightily to the revival of South Street. Spivak’s working on a history of that vaunted thoroughfare. Joel is a published authority on trains and trolleys and is the founder of Philly’s National Hot Dog Month.
“Holiday Stew” is a tribute to Philadelphia’s exciting multi-cultural Holiday traditions. As our major focus, we zero in on Northeast Philadelphia. Celebrate Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, the Mummers Parade, Holiday music, enjoy some seasonal recipes and more. We also rejoice with the Eagles at their snowy 1948 championship game!
Moviehouse Productions first brought Holiday Stew to life in 2008, through the inspiration of Northeast Philadelphia’s Rhawnhurst “NORC”. NORC stands for “Naturally Occurring Retirement Community “. Rhawnhurst NORC serves several zip codes, helping older people of diverse backgrounds to age gracefully in their own homes. Holiday Stew has played live to enthusiastic audiences for many years. It is hoped this video version will bring the joy of Philadelphia Holiday celebrations to even greater audiences.
Moviehouse Productions presents a blockbuster twin bill, “Two from the Nostalgia Cabinet”. Part One is a tribute to Russ Columbo: Camden, New Jersey’s charismatic crooner of the 1920’s and early ‘30’s. Columbo ‘s life and career were tragically snuffed out at a young age. Part Two ,“Famous Lasts”, features notable final moments from Philadelphia and the national scene. Guest appearances are featured from President Lyndon Johnson, Thomas Edison, George Gershwin, Rosa Parks, the Beatles, Doc Severinsen, Johnny Carson, Astronaut Eugene Cernan, Elvis Presley, and Paul Robeson. Included is a remembrance of the last Phillies game at Connie Mack Stadium.
Moviehouse Productions “Lost Philly Films” explores the life and career of George “Bon Bon” Tunnell, outstanding South Philly singer and entertainer. Mr. Tunnell was popular in the eras spanning the Golden Age of 1920’s radio through the Swing and Big Band eras of the 1930’s – 1940’s. Courageous and tenacious, George Tunnell was one of the first African Americans to sing with a white band, Jan Savitt and His Top Hatters. Expertly leading us through our nostalgic musical journey is Mike Zirpolo, producer of the “Swing and Beyond” blog. Visit Mike’s informative site at: https://swingandbeyond.com/
South Philadelphia is world renowned for its rich cultural history including being the birthplace of many magnificent show business personalities. Courtesy of Moviehouse Productions and “5th and Ritner” Trolley Tours, stop by the homes and learn the stories of some of the greats, including Eddie Fisher, Joey Bishop, Marion Anderson and Mario Lanza. Expert tour commentary is provided by South Philly author Harry Martin Polis, David McKnight of the University of Pennsylvania and Bill Ronayne of the Mario Lanza Institute and Museum. The tour begins at the historic Broadway Theater, Broad Street and Snyder Avenue and concludes with memories of the Ideal “movie”, more commonly known as the “I-Dump”, 6th and Jackson Streets.
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Mario Lanza Institute and Museum:
Marion Anderson Collection at the University of Pennsylvania:
In the midst of a searing heatwave, MOVIEHOUSE PRODUCTIONS provides relief by sharing tales of Philadelphia’s “phorgotten” water towers. Not only were these towers key for commerce, but they were familiar neighborhood landmarks as well. They pumped the fluid of life to our homes and industries. Special tribute is paid to the great Chestnut Hill water tower.
Miniature golf was the first huge recreational fad of the Great Depression. The “Jolly Mon”, which opened in 1934 as the “South Seas”, was part of the “wave” which allowed the struggling masses to live out their country club fantasies. Jolly Mon was a prominent Roosevelt Boulevard landmark. Its appeal continued for decades.
Tales from the streets of lost North Philadelphia: a botanical marvel and the Babe’s last appearance in a major league game, which occurred at ancient Baker Bowl.
An old clothes hanger…a lost song…What do these things have in common?…together, they conjure up memories of childhood trips to enjoy the wonders of New York City…
Saint John Neumann established the Beneficial Savings Fund Society as a safe haven for Philadelphia immigrants to save their money. WSFS absorbed Beneficial in 2019, but the old Beneficial buildings remain as an important part of the fabric of the city.