Big Retro Slide Show Extravaganza

Orleans Hotel Showroom
4500 W Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV

Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles shares the very best of his retro road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slides from the pages of his latest book, Addicted to Americana.

This is a marvelous mashup of mid-century of stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation and more galore all in glorious Kodachorme COLOR! Your imagination will be inspired and your American spirit will soar!

NOTE: each show is different. Check Event schedule for show times.



Live Performance Celebrating the Original Disneyland Park in the 50s & 60s

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
Walt Disney World
4401 Floridian Way
Orlando, FL

Be prepared for your Disney lovin’ spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a fun-filled, time-travel adventure to the granddaddy of all theme parks, when it was new.

With his unbridled enthusiasm and keen expertise, Charles shares the backstories as he shares glorious vintage color images captured by tourists visiting Disneyland in the 50s and 60s –

Experience the early days of Main Street USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and original Tomorrowland, when it was promoted as “The World of 1986.” Revisit long-gone attractions including the Skyway, Flying Saucers, Indian Village, Stage Coaches, People Mover, Carousel of Progress, House of the Future and more.

Charles also shares the flaming beginnings of Disneyland’s iconic monorail, takes you inside of the legendary, House of the Future and transports you to outer space on the iconic TWA “Rocket to the Moon” and much more.

DETAILS: Shows runs 80 min, all seats general admission. A limited number of tickets may also be available at the door. Show is appropriate for all ages. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Children 3 and under do not require tickets. Refunds will only be issued should the show be canceled.

Select the Breakfast ticket option for the 11am show and join Charles from 9-10:30am for a traditional breakfast buffet (plus Mickey waffles!) in the Grand Floridian Conference Center before your show. See for more info



Live Retro Slide Show Performance Celebrating SoCal's Enchanted Island!

Avalon Casino Theatre
1 Casino Way
Avalon, CA 90704

Catalina Island Museum presents … Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, at the iconic Casino’s spectacular 1929 Art Deco movie palace.

Be prepared for your Catalina loving’ spirit to SOAR when Charles sweeps us away on a time-travel storytelling and retro slide show adventure extravaganza exploring the island’s classic landmarks, legends and lore.

Experience the backstories and glories of the S.S. Avalon, glass bottom boat, flying fish, Bird Park, Catalina Pottery, vintage souvenirs, Casino, Wrigley family, the mysterious Catalina-shaped swimming pool, and much more.

Charles also shares his vintage guide to today’s Catalina sightseeing, shopping, dining, and where to find the Island’s hidden treasures, time warps, and what not to miss as you discover Catalina as a great big theme park!

The performance is two-acts with an intermission. Festive dress is encouraged but not expected.

Aftershow Cake & Book Signing Party

You are invited to meet Charles following the performance at the Catalina Island Museum. Copies of his latest book, Addicted to Americana, will be available for purchase.



3 Minutes to Hollywood!


Snapdragons snuggled up to a knee-high, white-washed picket fence border the front yard of a rural Los Angeles motel. Apparently, Little Miss Redhead is quite happy to be close to glamourland where she can breathe easily as she smiles and clutches a flowerless bouquet!

This slide comes to us courtesy of “Little Miss Redhead” herself whom I had the pleasure of meeting recently in Palm Springs. No sooner did we meet than she’s telling me she has slides of the motel her grandparent’s owned in San Fernando Valley “after the war.” Without skipping a beat I politely asked to see the slides. (OK, I demanded to see them!)

My imagination was inspired and my sprit soared when I happened upon this charming image of her politely posing in front of the charming sign her grandma and grandpa posted promoting the air quality at their motel and time it took to get to Hollywood.  Who knew smog was a concern in 1954?

Do YOU have vintage fun family slides to share??? If so please don’t hesitate!

Here’s to little Miss Redhead, Hollywood, clean air and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
March 28, 2010
Los Angeles, CA


Wiltern Theater

A bus heads east, a motorcycle heads west and a cop sits waiting to pull someone over. Pedestrians stand at the crosswalk. Behind them an American catches the breeze...



Avalon Catalina

With the exception of the two docked steamships, The S.S. Catalina, which provided transportation to and from the island until 1975, and the S.S. Avalon -- until 1951, Catalina looks virtually the same today as it is in this slide taken nearly sixty years ago. I was just there yesterday - and what an adventure I had. I arrived about 11am in a very big and speedy boat. My tour guide, a life-long island resident, was as entertaining as he was fact-filled.



New Years Day, Pasadena 1948

Last week I was invited to share some of my vintage Rose Parade slides on KTLA’s live Rose Parade pre-show. My segment was scheduled at 6:10am. Frankly, I’m not used to getting up that early and I was worried my 1977 SEARS alarm clock that I got while still in high school, wouldn’t go off. Sure enough it didn’t. Thankfully I managed to wake up just in the nick of time. Nearly in a panic, I raced in the dark to Pasadena and found my way to “the set,” on the front lawn of the Tournament of Roses Mansion, the Former Wrigley Chewing Gum Estate. Before I knew it the segment was over and I was free to go.



Los Angeles Chinatown 1948

Looking for a spectacular color scheme to liven up your home’s exterior? Let Chinatown be your influence. Decades have passed since the masses considered Chinatown a “must-see” tourist attraction, but it’s still the most colorful place in town. And in the last few years has become the address to the city’s smartest new shops, galleries and bars.