Pulse: Pursuits: Film: Now Playing: Phoenixville

While M. Night’s ho-hum The Happening and Peter Jackson’s in-production The Lovely Bones both include Phoenixville locations, it’s not the first time that cameras have rolled in the up-and-coming Chester County borough. Throughout July, the town’s retro-fab Colonial Theatre screens four other Phoenixville-made flicks: cult-classic The Blob (1958) and significantly less classic 4-D Man (1959), both from the strange mind of Pennsylvania filmmaker Shorty Yeaworth; drama Bright Victory (1951), starring Arthur Kennedy as a blind WWII vet, with an appearance by a then-unknown Rock Hudson; and Paul Newman and real-life-wife Joanne Woodward (their son was attending the Hill School in Pottstown) as an unhappily married couple in From the Terrace (1960). Who knew? (Thecolonialtheatre.com)

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