Director Don Coscarelli Making 1st Florida Appearance at the February 2014 Retr-O-Rama Collectibles Show
Jacksonville Show Has Balls!
Jacksonville, Florida’s Retr-O-Rama Collectibles Show has balls, the shiny silver flying kind with razor sharp tines! When the vintage pop culture show returns on Sunday, February 9 to the Ramada Conference Center in Mandarin they won’t just be sponsoring the largest show its kind in North Florida, they will also be bringing cult film director Don Coscarelli in from Los Angeles, CA, for his first ever show appearance in Florida! Coscarelli is best remembered for his Phantasm film franchise whose four installments date back to 1979 and feature those aforementioned nasty metallic spheres that do the bidding of the nefarious “Tall Man”. The California director, who also helmed the 80’s sci-fi fantasy The Beastmaster, pitted Elvis against a murderous mummy in Bubba Ho-Tep in the 90’s, and most recently was responsible for the art house hit John Dies at the End in 2012, won’t be alone. Joining him on the guest list are English actress Suzanna Leigh who starred in films for venerable Hammer Studios and opposite the real Elvis in Paradise Hawaiian Style in 1966, and Michael Weldon, author of the 1983 fanboy bible The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film.
As if this impressive guest list were not enough, they have taken over the entire conference center and filled it with over 8000 square feet of nostalgic goodies. Vendors will be set up from all over Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas with an eclectic line up of all things pop culture. Inside the multiple dealers areas you’ll find everything including action figures, Barbie dolls, movies posters, board games and a whole lot more. “We get a little bit of everything at these shows” says promoter Dan Tuchmann, “so there is something for everyone from the hardcore collector to the casual browser”. Retr-O-Rama shows are family friendly events that offer fun and nostalgia for those who want to relive their childhoods, purchase unique gifts, or even reclaim that childhood treasure that mom threw away when you moved out! It’s all here under one air conditioned roof, rain or shine.
The retro-rangers at Retrorama Collectibles have a few more tricks up their sleeves too. For this show they have enlisted some help from the dark side in the form of Squad 7 of the 501st Legion. Don’t be surprised if you see Imperial Stormtroopers patrolling the halls of the convention center or even an appearance by the dark lord himself! They will be available for photo ops with guests throughout the day. At 2PM there will be a very special onsite collectibles auction sponsored in conjunction with Emerald Auctions of Jacksonville. Some cool and unique items will be offered up for sale and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Auction preview and registration will begin at 1PM.
If you just can’t wait until Sunday to get your nostalgia fix then head to Latitude 30 on Saturday, February 8 for a little something the Retrorama gang likes to call Throwback Theater! The entertainment complex’s luxury dine-in theater will be host to a double creature feature screening for the whole evening. First up it’s Hammer’s The Lost Continent at 6PM followed by a Q&A with star Suzanna Leigh. Then at 9PM it’s the original Phantasm followed by a visit with director Don Coscarelli! This theater has a full menu including adult beverages so you can enjoy dinner while you watch the movies. The film screenings are $20.00 each or $35.00 for a VIP double feature pass.
Whew, what a wacky weekend for lucky film and collectibles fans in Jacksonville! The main event starts at 10AM on Sunday at the Ramada Convention Center at 3130 Hartley Road. A special show preview will be offered at 9AM for diehard collectors and those who just have to have the best selection of bargains. Door prizes and extra surprises will be going on throughout the day until 4PM. General admission is $10.00 per adult and includes one free admission for children 12 and under. Additional child admissions are only $2.00 each. For more information or to purchase tickets for the show or screening, check out the Retrorama website at www.jaxretrorama.com, follow them on Facebook at Pop Retrorama, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or really go old school and call (904) 880-4281. There’s nothing else like this celebration of nostalgia that’s fun for the entire family so don’t miss it!