Last Updated: 2/21/20


ALL SECRET CINEMA PRESENTATIONS ARE SHOWN IN 16MM (or larger!) FILM ON A GIANT SCREEN (NOT VIDEO...NOT EVER!)


D.J. Silvia and Jay Schwartz bring

Worldwide Sixties Discotheque

to the International bar

Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:00 pm until 2:00 am
Admission: FREE

The International
1624 N. Front St (at Cecil B. Moore Avenue)
Philadelphia

On Saturday, March 7, the pair that created the popular Made in Spain and Salut les Copains record parties will get even more global. That's the day D.J. Silvia and Jay Schwartz will bring Worldwide International Discotheque: Beat, Mod, Soul and Garage from All Over back to the International bar.

Worldwide International Discotheque... will feature a variety of retro sounds from nations not usually heard from, including Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Japan, Australia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, and more.

Just a few of the groups to be heard from are Los Shakers, The Motions, The Golden Earrings, The Spiders, The Easybeats, Os Mutantes, Die Rattles...plus some more obscure artists! If the names are not known, their sounds should (literally) strike familiar chords to any fan of sixties music. It was the decade when the youth movement truly exploded, and teenagers all around the world picked up electric guitars, inspired especially by the unprecedented success of the Beatles. But while many English language hit songs were covered in native tongues, the best groups wrote their own music and brought something of their own heritage to the ever-expanding phenomenon of rock 'n' roll.

The session starts at 10:00 pm and lasts until 2:00 am. Admission is of course free.

Jay Schwartz is the long-time programmer/creator of the Secret Cinema film series, and is the musical (and marital!) partner of D.J. Silvia.

The International, under the El on the border between Fishtown and "Olde Kensington," is the latest offering from the people who brought the Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda's to Philly nightlife (and daylife!). They offer a global variety of spirits and light bites, as well as a variety of music from local d.j.'s.


And the Envelope, Please: Oscar-Winning Short Films

(at a new venue!)

Friday, March 13, 2020
8:00 pm
Admission: $9.00

Philadelphia Praise Center
1701 McKean Street, Philadelphia
(215) 463-4123

On Friday, March 13, the Secret Cinema will present an all-new edition of And the Envelope, Please: Oscar-Winning Short Films. This program showcases films that rose to the highest of honors, yet unlike the longer prize-winning films of their time, are now largely forgotten. We feel they all deserve to be seen again! They include live-action short dramas, comedies, documentaries and cartoons.

There will be one complete show at 8:00 pm. Admission is $9.00.

The screening will be shown in a brand new Secret Cinema venue -- the Philadelphia Praise Center, a community center and church in the heart of South Philly. It's a short walk from the Broad Street Subway, Melrose Diner and East Passyunk restaurant district.

The films in this program span from 1937 through 1984. Most took the Academy Award for best film in their category; a few were nominated but did not win.

A few highlights of the program include:

A Time Out of War (1954, Dir: Denis Sanders) - A provocative Civil War drama, in which two opposing soldiers agree to hold a tense one-hour truce. Director Sanders made this project his UCLA student thesis film, and its success led to a career in movies and television, starting as the second unit director of Charles Laughton's Night of the Hunter. Sanders' final narrative feature was the cult classic Invasion of the Bee Girls.

Should Wives Work? (1937, Dir: Leslie Goodwins) - This two-reel comedy from prolific comedy actor Leon Errol was his only Oscar-nominated work. It was not until Errol was in his fifties that he perfected the trademark characterization seen in nearly a hundred two-reelers, and numerous features -- and at his peak, the actor was in his sixties. Errol usually played a balding, somewhat-irascible man with a fondness for drinking and a knack for mix-ups with pretty girls -- leading to inevitable conflicts with his always-suspicious wife.

The Box (1967, Dir: Fred Wolf) - A minimally-drawn, wordless cartoon (the only soundtrack is drummer Shelly Manne's jazzy instrumental music), about a man who walks into a bar with a mysterious object.

Up (1984, Dir: Mike Hoover, Tim Huntley) - There's a cryptic, impressionistically told story of a man who sets a hawk free, but the centerpiece of this unusual short is a gorgeous, amazingly photographed and unforgettable ride on a hang glider.

Plus The Story of Time (1951), A Boy and His Dog (1947) and much more.


FUTURE SECRET CINEMA EVENTS (more info soon):

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ Woodmere Art Museum: Chestnut Hill FIlm Group screening of Pinocchio
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ The Rotunda: TBA
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020 @ Bryn Mawr Film Institute: Jazz & Swing Rarities
  • Thursday, September 10, 2020 @ Eastern State Penitentiary: TBA


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    RELATED LINKS:

    Channel 29 news piece on Secret Cinema from 1999!

    Joey Ramone, R.I.P.

    Secret Cinema 1999 Annual Report

    Secret Cinema 1998 Annual Report

    Secret Cinema 1997 Annual Report

    Information about the 1998 Secret Cinema "Class Trip" to the Syracuse Cinefest


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