Films and Movie Clips of Reading, PA

 

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"Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" Civil Defense Film


Scenes of Reading, PA from the short film "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow." A U.S. government-backed film shot in Reading in 1956 showing how the city of Reading, PA, would implement civil defense procedures to help residents survive a nuclear attack. Narrated by radio personality Andre Barruch, the production spotlighted the civil defense preparations undertaken by the city of Reading, Pennsylvania in 1956. The film offers superb shots of the city.


Rabbit Run


The filming of “Rabbit, Run” began on June 25th, 1969.

Fifty-five percent of the movie was filmed in Reading.

In all, 28 sets were used including a set constructed in an abandoned supermarket at Penn Ave. and Tulpehocken Street in West Reading, and Barbey’s playground on Schuykill Ave.

The film had had more than a $3 million budget.

The cast and crew of Warner Brothers stayed at the Reading Motor Inn during their stay in Reading.

The movie 8 Mile, starring Eminem, was partially inspired by Rabbit, Run. Eminem’s character was named Rabbit, and the soundtrack featured a song entitled “Rabbit, Run.”

John Updike wanted to write the screen-play for the movie but was not offered the chance.


Trolleys of Reading, PA" (3 minutes)

 


Trolleys of Reading, PA - Uncut (29 minutes)

 


A Ride from Reading, PA to Mohnton via Trolley

 


End of Trolley Service in Reading, PA


By 1913, the Reading Transit and Light Company operated all of Reading’s trolley lines. On January 7, 1952, streetcar No. 807, route 16 Mohnton made its last run, ending trolley car service in Berks County. The streetcar, built by General Motors in 1949, had 44 seats. The trolley left 5th and Penn in Reading at 2 p.m. with car 807. Car 807 was follwed by car 806. It ran from Reading to Shillington and Mohnton before returning to the car barn at 10th and Exeter streets. Ten minutes after the trolley returned, the first Reading Bus Co. bus left on the same route. The event brought to a close the 78-year history of the Reading Street Railway Co., which began in 1874 with horse-drawn cars.

Scenes from Carsonia Park

 


Albert Paris. Dancing Traffic Cop. Reading, PA.


Reading policeman Albert R. Paris directed traffic at Fourth and Penn streets in a flamboyant, dancing style that attracted the attention of the producers of a national tv show. He became a national television figure when he appeared on the "Candid Camera" show on March 11, 1962. Following the program's airing, Paris was honored throughout Berks as "the Pride of Reading" and was a guest celebrity at numerous events. Paris served for 20 years on the Reading Police Department and was last employed in it's community relations department, retiring Jan. 15, 1976. Following his retirement, Paris worked for 10 years as a deputy sheriff in the county domestic relations department. He also worked as a chief of security at the Reading High School and for a year in security work at the Berks Lehigh Valley College, Spring Township. He also operated a bakery route for Rentschler's Bakery in Kutztown.


Street Scenes of Reading, PA - 1974

Architecture of Reading, PA - 1974



Faces of Reading, PA - 1974



Cruisin' On Penn Street, Reading, PA - early 1970's



Reading, PA, 1974, The Urban Renewal Era



The Old Reading Fairgrounds, Reading, PA



The Reading Railroad, 1974



Reading’s 225th birthday celebration City Park band-shell concert


A rock concert as part of Reading’s 225th birthday celebration, sponsored by the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, was enthusiastically received by more than 4,000 young people on Sunday afternoon, October 7th, 1973 at the City Park band-shell.

Music was provided by the Lehigh Brothers, Katie Winters, Omnibus, Mourning Sun and Gaslight.

Those in charge of the event were pleased with the reaction of the crowd in addition to the work the young people did in cleaning up the litter in the park after the concert.

A volunteer fireman whose job it was to care for the band-shell said the park looked cleaner afterwards than it did before the concert.


Time of Tears/Uncle, Filming location, City Park, Reading, PA


Scenes from TIME OF TEARS (Dramatic Feature) - Filmed in Reading, PA in the fall of 1983. The touching story of family, friendship and loss - Italian-American style. A low budget feature made for $50,000 and distributed by New World Pictures.


Time of Tears/Uncle, Filming location, Wertz's Covered Bridge, along Tulpehocken Creek


Scenes from TIME OF TEARS (Dramatic Feature) - Filmed in Reading, PA in the fall of 1983. The touching story of family, friendship and loss - Italian-American style. A low budget feature made for $50,000 and distributed by New World Pictures.


Time of Tears, Filming Location: St. Joseph's Catholic School


Scenes from TIME OF TEARS (Dramatic Feature) - Filmed in Reading, PA in the fall of 1983. The touching story of family, friendship and loss - Italian-American style. A low budget feature made for $50,000 and distributed by New World Pictures.


Time of Tears/Uncle Trailer


Scenes from TIME OF TEARS (Dramatic Feature) - Filmed in Reading, PA in the fall of 1983. The touching story of family, friendship and loss - Italian-American style. A low budget feature made for $50,000 and distributed by New World Pictures.


Washington Street Parade, Reading, PA


Washington Street Parade, looking east from 8th and Washington. Old Reading School District Administration Building on right. Pre-1960's.



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