Travel Adventures

Travel Adventures Film Series

A Geography Film/Lecture Series

These fascinating travel films are professionally produced by world-famous photojournalists who love travel and adventure. They often are the same folks that present at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC. The filmmakers themselves introduce and narrate the films live from the Sykes Theater stage.

All film/lecture programs begin at 7:00 p.m. sharp in Sykes Theater on the West Chester University campus, 110 W. Rosedale Avenue, West Chester.

2015-2016 Program Descriptions

The Silk Road September 28 & 29, 2015 Marlin Darrah
Ghost Towns of the Wild West October 26 & 27, 2015 Gray Warriner
China Rising November 16 & 17, 2015 Dale Johnson
America's Southeast Coast February 15 & 16, 2016 John Holod
South America & Central America March 14 & 15, 2016 Marlin Darrah
Not a Day Goes By: Remembering Hells Canyon March 28 & 29, 2016 Patricia Keith

The Silk Road • Marlin Darrah

September 28 & 29, 2015

Marlin Darrah, the world's most traveled film maker, brings this exploration of the famous 4000 mile trade route that winds through deserts, mountains, and plains linking Europe to China. It follows Marco Polo's journey in 1271 that opened European trade with China for silks, teas, and porcelains and India for spices, ivory, and textiles. Darrah's exceptional camerawork takes us through five countries and two dozen cities that bridge the Far East with Europe. You will see colorful and unforgettable examples of great medieval Islamic art and architecture and fascinating old market streets overflowing with Oriental carpets, spices, and exotic wares. And you'll meet the hospitable people all along the Silk Road.

Ghost Towns of the Wild West • Gray Warriner

October 26 & 27, 2015

Gold fever ignited one of the greatest mass migrations in the world and left behind many ghost towns. Extraordinary filmmaker Gray Warriner brings us to real ghost towns — and to those barely hanging on to life, such as Elkhorn, Montana. This is the real Wild West, where some of the stories are even wilder than the fictional accounts that they inspired. And Gray Warriner tells those stories very, very well, with some of the best photography you'll ever see.

China Rising • Dale Johnson

November 16 & 17, 2015

In 2013 more autos were sold in China than in the U.S.! This complex nation with a long history has a true place within the global community, second only to the U.S. in the number of millionaires. Dale Johnson captures China's rapid economic growth with photographic excellence and also takes us to sites of antiquity that remind us of the continuing importance of history and tradition. You'll find this program captivating!

America's Southeast Coast • John Holod

February 15 & 16, 2016

Come travel with John Holod in his RV to see special scenic wonders of the U.S. Southeast coast. From the Florida Keys northward, we'll be enchanted by scenes of a pelican rookery, wild mustangs, dolphins, manatees, and giant loggerhead turtles. We'll be on a shrimp boat for a while, and even scuba dive with sharks! We'll have some historic moments learning about plantations and slaves, kayak through mangrove swamps, and try our hand at hang-gliding. What a fine, sunny, break in our February winter!

South America & Central America • Marlin Darrah

March 14 & 15, 2016

The amazing Marlin Darrah shares his sampler of six Central and South American countries — natural wonders, architectural treasures, and cultural and artistic highlights. We'll savor colonial cities in Nicaragua and Chile, saunter through markets in Costa Rica and over cobblestone streets in Peru's Cuzco, find special wildlife in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, and cruise the Panama Canal. Come and marvel!

Not a Day Goes By: Remembering Hells Canyon • Patricia Keith

March 28 & 29, 2016

In 1942 Hells Canyon, part of the treacherous river that borders Washington, Idaho, and Oregon, was America's most dangerous mail route. Two cinematographers braved the raging rapids and craggy basalts of our country's deepest gorge to document the mail delivery trip and capture a glimpse into the lives of homesteaders and ranchers there. Modern filmmaker Patricia Keith weaves her own Canyon travels with vintage footage by those early cinematographers and brings us a program you'll long remember.

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Film/Lecture Program

The same film/lecture program is offered on Monday and Tuesday.  Individual tickets are $10.  Film/lecture program tickets may be ordered in advance or purchased at the door.  WCU students with current ID may attend for free.

A partial season subscription (your choice of any 4 programs) is available for $35.

A full season subscription (which includes all 6 programs) is available at a discounted rate of $55, and includes a 7th ticket "guest pass" accepted at any film/lecture program.

Pre-Program Dinner

On Tuesdays, an optional pre-program dinner is available.  Each themed dinner features a special menu selected to complement the evening's program.  The dinners, with all-inclusive pricing ($31 for subscribers, $35 for non-subscribers), enable informal conversation between folks who like to travel and to learn about travel.

Dinner reservations are limited, and available only with advanced registration and payment.  Season subscribers are given preference for dinner seating.

All Tuesday dinners begin at 5:30 p.m. in Sykes Ballroom.

Download the 2014-2015 Registration Form here.

For full program brochure, directions, and other information, call 610-738-0530 or email to

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Contact Us

  • Our season brochure is typically mailed out in early August.  To be added to our mailing list, email your contact information to
  • For directions and other information, call our hotline: 610-436-2155.

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Directions to Sykes Theater


From Route 202 South:

  • Exit at the High Street/West Chester University exit and go north
  • Turn left at the second traffic light. West Rosedale Avenue
  • Turn left immediately before the first stop sign, Church Avenue
  • Turn right onto Norfolk Street and enter the parking lot behind Sykes Student Union Building
  • Student and Faculty spaces in university lots may be used after 4:00p.m. Additional spaces are available in nearby parking garages for a nominal fee.

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