LAX, 1964. Charles Phoenix Archive

Charles Phoenix: Southern California in Kodachrome

A Retro Slideshow Performance Celebrating SoCal in the ‘50s & ‘60s


Wednesday, August 7, 2024, at 7 pm

The Getty Center and Online

Free | Advance ticket required

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While thrift shopping in 1992, Charles Phoenix discovered a shoe box full of Kodachrome slides marked "Trip Across the USA, 1957." The contents of that box changed the course of his life. Charles has been collecting other people’s orphaned Kodachrome slides and performing retro slideshows ever since.

With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles leads us on a colorful mid-century tour of Southern California’s space age suburbia, iconic landmarks, famous attractions, classic car culture, unique architecture, theme parks and more galore!

Charles Phoenix HeadshotAbout the Speaker
Mid-century pop culture expert and humorist Charles Phoenix is a performer, author, explorer, and collector celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style. He is known for his spirited slideshow performances, classic car JOYRIDE videos, colorful coffee table books, test kitchen creations and fun field trip tours. The New York Times dubbed him the “King of Retro.”

Photo: Fabian Fioto

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