Sunday February 9, 2014 was the Retr-O-Rama Collectibles Show. This was there fifth show since starting in 2012. It was held at the Ramada Inn Mandarin. 3130 Hartley Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257.
The show started at 10AM and ran till 4PM. Special guest was 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. Joining him on the guest list was English actress Suzanna Leigh who starred in films for Hammer Studios and opposite the real Elvis in Paradise Hawaiian Style in 1966. Michael Weldon, author of the 1983 fanboy bible The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film was another guest at the show..
There was over 8000 square feet of nostalgic goodies. Vendors that set up were from all over Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. There was action figures, Barbie dolls, movies posters, board games, comics, records. Star Wars, Star Trek, G.I.Joe, Transformers, Hot Wheels and 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 next Retr-O-Rama show is set for August 10, 2014 back at the Ramada Inn Mandarin. 3130 Hartley Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257.
Photos taken by Tom Raupp of Pop Culture Playground.