A Live Comedy Performance Celebrating The Original Magic Kingdom In The '50s & '60s!


Palmdale Playhouse
38334 10th St. East
Palmdale, CA 93550

Be prepared for your Disneyland loving spirit to soar when the Ambassador of Americana takes you to the granddaddy of all theme parks when it was new.

With his spectacular collection of “found” mid-century era Kodachrome images, unbridled enthusiasm and keen eye for detail, Charles shares the early days of Main Street USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland.

See long-gone attractions including the Phantom Boats, Flying Saucers, Indian Village, People Mover, House of the Future and Carousel of Progress and the original Tomorrowland – promoted as “The World of 1986,” and the all-new Tomorrowland in 1967.

Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar !!!  …



Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Mid-Century Sci-fi Life & Style


Loft Cinema
3233 East Speedway Blvd
Tucson, Arizona 85716

5-4-3-2-1 … BLAST-OFF !!! … Presented by Tucson Modernism Week …

Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, super charges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud, celebration of mid-century futurism ala vintage Kodachome slides and retro road trip adventure discoveries.

With keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and sharp eye for oddball detail, Charles launches us into the super spellbinding stratosphere of out-of-this world suburban style, extreme architecture, car culture, tourist traps, theme parks, and space age other relics – then and now.

Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as we time travel to Charles’ fun-filled, action packed, crazy kaleidoscope of peppy pop culture – all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR!

… Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar !!! …

Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected!



Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style!


Carpenters Performing Arts Center
6200 E Atherton St
Long Beach, CA

Be prepared your for your national pride to swell when the Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud celebration of spectacular mid-century car culture, space age style, landmark attractions, festive fashions, outrageous architecture, theme parks, and much, much more.

With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles presents a crazy kaleidoscope of his “found” vintage Kodachrome slides, hi-octane road trip discoveries, eye-popping test kitchen creations and “best of guide” to local attractions, past and present.

Don’t miss this fun-filled, action packed, extravaganza of great American pop culture all in glorious COLOR !!!



Mid-Century Mod Architectural Drive-by Excursion Extravaganza

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Palm Springs Parking Lot
350 S. Palm Canyon Drive

Experience Palm Springs with the Ambassador of Americana! Humorist and tour guide extraordinaire, Charles Phoenix, will lead you on an entertaining adventure atop a double-decker, open-air bus.

With his unbridled enthusiasm, design expertise, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles’ spirited tour highlights exterior views of dozens of spectacular Midcentury Modern estates and homes, commercial and civic buildings, famous neighborhoods and other treasures that have made Palm Springs world famous.

Peer over the walls and hedges of landmark homes and hotels in legendary neighborhoods, including Vista Las Palmas, the Movie Colony, Twin Palms and more. Marvel at Elvis’ “House of Tomorrow” honeymoon hideaway and the famed “Twin Palms” home of Frank Sinatra.

Charles also shares his favorite local restaurants, resorts, bars, boutiques and other not to be missed local attractions in Palm Springs.

The tour concludes on foot at the Village Green, a historic enclave where Charles guides you inside historical and cultural museums, followed by everyone’s favorite local treat, a date shake.

Museum admissions and date shake included in the tour price. Note: The final stop at the Village Green concludes the bus portion of the tour. The tour’s original starting point is 1½ blocks south.

Come prepared for lots of SUN, SUN and more SUN. All seats are on the upper deck of the bus and EXPOSED to the elements. Sunscreen and hats and or jackets are recommended. Please plan accordingly.

One “comfort stop” will be made mid-tour.

Please check in for the tour at least 15 minutes prior to departure

All tickets are sold for upper deck

Wheelchair accessibility is on the lower level only.

Parking Instructions

Free parking is available on the street or at the covered parking structure on the corner of W. Baristo Road/S. Indian Canyon Drive.






6-hour Walking And Bus Experience Of DTLA As A Big Theme Park!


Union Station
800 N. Alameda, Los Angeles

This tour begins at 11am sharp, outside the main front entrance of Union Station, and ends at 5PM, also at Union Station

“Rediscover Downtown Los Angeles as I have” says your tour guide Charles Phoenix, “It’s just like a theme park!” Experience the charm of MAIN STREET USA, exotica of ADVENTURELAND, wilderness of FRONTIERLAND, magic of FANTASYLAND, and future of TOMORROWLAND all in the heart and soul of the city!

This experience includes these legendary L.A. landmarks and so much more!

Union Station, the last grand train station built in the USA.

Ride on the Gold Line “Monorail” to exotic and colorful Chinatown.

Olvera Street landmarks and flavor; including a stop for Taquitos at Cileto Lindo, my treat!

Clifton’s Cafeteria, for a “no host” lunch and tour of the newly reopened and reimagined iconic eatery extravaganza.

Iconic 1894 Bradbury Building

Grand Central Market walk-thru to the Angel Flight stairs to the futuristic Water Garden and past the Broad Museum of Art on our way to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Carroll Avenue for a stroll through the largest concentration of Victorian houses in Southern California.

Bob Baker’s Marionette Puppet Theater for a classic puppet show performance followed by cake and ice cream served in the party room and much, much more!

PLEASE NOTE: Tour tickets are good for this date only. Lunch at CLIFTONS is *no-host. Museum, show tickets, snacks, and transportation are all included in the ticket price. Itinerary may change without notice. This tour happens rain or shine. Wear comfortable walking shoes and PLEASE BE ON TIME!




We Found Santa In An Unexpected Place.


Went to Knott’s Merry Farm recently to enjoy a fried chicken dinner and a ghost town all decked out for the holidays. As my friends and I scampered in and out of the shops, saloon and general store, we happened by the place to meet and greet Santa. Without skipping a beat I said, “Let's go say hi to Santa!”



Knott's Berry Farm Retro Slide Show

A gent sports a slicker, smokes a cigarette and cradles a little girl clad in a cape. She’s sipping something, most likely boysenberry punch. The two of them are both prepped for wet weather, but the lady is not. She has no rain gear to speak of just red painted lips accentuating her cheeky smile and a simple-yet-stylish suit.

As countless visitors of Knott’s Berry Farm have over the years, these fine folks pose proudly with Handsome Brady and Whiskey Bill, gold prospectors permanently benched in Ghost Town. If this isn’t a classic Southern California Kodak moment, I don’t know what is!

Please join me for my all-new show, THE RETRO KNOTT’S BERRY FARM SLIDE SHOW, where I’ll show and tell the story and glory of the boysenberry birthplace that blossomed into America’s first theme park by way of a fried chicken dinner!

Sunday, May 15, at 5pm at Knott’s Birdcage Theater (2pm show – sold out). Tickets are $65 which includes an all-day Knott’s pass!


Here’s to Knott’s and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
Los Angeles, CA
April, 30, 2011

Charles Phoenix's Retro Knott's Berry Farm Slideshow

Pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix Presents a Live Performance Celebrating the Story and Glory of the Boysenberry Birthplace that Blossomed into America’s First Theme Park…
by way of a Fried Chicken Dinner!
One Show Only, at the Historic Bird Cage Theater in Knott’s Ghost Town
Sunday Afternoon, May 15, 2 p.m.
$65  (Ticket includes 10am to 7pm park pass and show)

LOS ANGELES, CA – March 16, 2011 –Be prepared for your Southern California pride to swell when Charles Phoenix presents his first ever Retro Knott’s Berry Farm Slide Show at Knott’s at the historic Bird Cage Theater in Knott’s historic Ghost Town for one show only on Sunday afternoon, May 15 at 2 p.m.

With his infectious enthusiasm and keen eye for detail, Charles shares the amazing evolution of Knott’s from the humble berry farm beginnings in the 20’s, to world class theme park in the 40s, 50s and 60s. You’ll learn how Walter Knott discovered the boysenberry, why Mrs. Knott began serving her famous fried chicken dinners and what inspired the creation America’s first permanent theme park, Ghost Town.

Knott’s fans will enjoy the back story of Ghost Town’s historic buildings, unique displays, curio shops, colorful characters, and favorite attractions including the haunted shack, the mine train, log ride and much more! Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!

“This is my favorite kind of story to tell. The story of a legendary landmark that’s homespun and family run!” says Phoenix. “What Walter Knott and his family contributed to the life and lore of Southern California is off the charts!

Tickets for Charles’ slide show performance show include an all-day Knott’s park pass so fans can explore old ghost town, ride the old train, pan for gold and enjoy a fried chicken dinner just as visitors have been doing for decades!

Charles will be joined onstage by Eric Lynxwiler, co-author of Knott’s Preserved (Angel City Press, 2010).

Charles Phoenix’s Retro Knott’s Berry Farm Slide Show takes place Sunday afternoon, May 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $65. To purchase tickets or more information, visit

Knott’s Berry Farm ( is located at 12021 Beach Boulevard in Buena Park, California 90602-4001..

Charles Phoenix's Retro Knott's Berry Farm Slideshow


I’m very excited to announce my first ever retro slide show celebrating Knott’s Berry Farm in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s & 60s. The story and glory of the legendary boysenberry birthplace that blossomed into Ghost Town, America’s first theme park, by way of a Fried Chicken Dinner, is something I’ve wanted to show and tell for a long time!

What Walter Knott and his family contributed to the life and lore of Southern California is off the charts! Thank you Knott’s Family!!!

And what makes this event even more special is that it will be at Knott’s in Ghost Town’s historic Bird Cage Theater.

Tickets for this ONE TIME ONLY EVENT include an all-day Knott’s park pass so you can explore the old Ghost Town, ride the old train, pan for gold and enjoy a fried chicken dinner just as visitors have been doing for decades!

My good friend and Knott’s expert, Eric Lynxwiler, co-author of Knott’s Preserved, will join me on stage for this very special heart felt event!

Bird Cage Theater (inside Knott’s)
Sunday, May 15, 2011

Here’s to the Knott’s Family, Their Boysenberries, Fried Chicken Dinner, Ghost Town and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
March 11, 2011
Los Angeles, CA