Saturday, June 8, 2013

Back By Popular Demand: Bazaar of All Nations Documentary Returns to WHYY TV12 This June!


A 59-minute edit of the White Lyte Productions film Bazaar of All Nations returns to WHYY TV 12 on June 13th at 10:30PM and June 23rd at 5PM. The documentary focuses on the still beloved early proto-mall which stood on Baltimore Pike in Upper Darby, PA from 1960-1993 and had vast impact on the development of other malls in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Media, PA June 3, 2013 - The documentary film Bazaar of All Nations, based on viewer requests, returns to television Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 10:30PM and again on June 23rd at 5PM on the local PBS affiliate WHYY TV 12. Released in 2010 by New Jersey-based White Lyte Productions, the film focuses on the historical aspects of the Bazaar of All Nations as one of the first indoor shopping complexes of its kind, and the close-knit community element of its shops that made it such a unique place.

The documentary features interviews with many long time Bazaar shop owners, employees, and customers. Also included are interviews with local athletes and entertainers such as Vince Papale, Big Daddy Graham, Joe Conklin, Casey Foster (of 93.3 WMMR’s The Preston and Steve Show), and Captain Noah, who recount their favorite Bazaar memories. Never-before-seen photographs and video footage help illustrate the stories and bring the Bazaar back to life. Some notable events documented in the film include a 1961 promotion in which a family of four lived for one week in a pre-fabricated bomb shelter set up in the Bazaar parking lot; a 1966 Christmas Eve blizzard which left many people stranded at the Bazaar; and the 1968 presidential campaign visits of Robert Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

Opened in November 1960, the Bazaar of All Nations was an indoor shopping center on the south side of Baltimore Pike between Bishop Avenue and Oak Avenue, in Upper Darby Township, which closed in December 1993 and was demolished in early 1995. The site today is occupied by a Home Depot and an Acme supermarket. Most of the Bazaar’s individual shops were independently owned and operated family businesses.

The WHYY broadcast will present a 59-minute version of the film, edited for television. DVDs of the full- length theatrical release (running time 103 minutes) are available at The DVD features over an hour of bonus footage covering topics such as the Clifton Cinema, Putt-Putt, Sky Slide, Pennsylvania’s Blue Laws, and Burn Brae Hospital; a final walk through the Bazaar using footage of the entire interior and exterior shot in 1993; a 3-D computer model of the Bazaar as it looked in 1960; and a limited edition sleeve modeled after the Bazaar’s famous brown paper shopping bags.

The production team of Bazaar of All Nations is currently working on a follow-up film which focuses on “The Golden Mile” of Baltimore Pike in Springfield, PA.


1 comment:

  1. I bought a Jimi Hendrix alblum there and still have it unsealed. I think I paid $3.99 for it.