White Lyte Productions released the documentary
Bazaar of All Nations on November 26th, 2010 at Cinema 16:9 in
Lansdowne, PA. Due to popular demand, the film was extended beyond its weekend
run, and continued showing for 17 days. The film chronicles the history of the
Bazaar as a beloved Delaware County landmark, and its release coincided with the
50th anniversary of the Bazaar’s opening in November 1960.
Filmed in High Definition (HD), the documentary focuses on the historical
aspects of the Bazaar as one of the first indoor shopping complexes of its kind
and the close-knit community element of its shops (something which is almost
non-existent in today’s malls) that made it such a unique place.
The film 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, 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
In 2012 the documentary made its television premiere on
PBS WHYY TV 12. It also aired on cable provider RCN's Channel 4 in the
Lehigh Valley and Channel 8 in Philadelphia and Delaware Counties.
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