Broward County Community & Culture

Cinema Paradiso Hollywood’s Kick-Off Party

Cinema Paradiso Hollywood’s Kick-Off PartyThursday, February 28, 5-7pm -  Face, 2022 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood

The Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is proud to support the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) in launching its $100,000 Capital Campaign for Cinema Paradiso Hollywood – a new movie theater in the heart of Downtown.  Cinema Paradiso Hollywood’s Kick-Off Party aims to rally business owners, elected officials and film aficionados to help FLIFF reach its goal; admission contribution is $20, which includes a welcome cocktail and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.  Leading by example, Janet Leavy Schwartz, long-time FLIFF patron, active board member and volunteer coordinator today became the very first private donor of Cinema Paradiso Hollywood, naming the sidewalk café in honor of her parents (Lillian & Kal Lustig).   Redesigned by Broward-based architect Joseph Kaller, the former pottery store will be transformed into one 110-seat theater replete with wheelchair access and a full bar.  Though enhanced by the latest in cinematic technology and a digital marquee, Kaller’s vision respects the property’s “Old Hollywood” charm with a Deco Moderne line and decorative façade.   “Cinema Paradiso Hollywood will be an amenity that will attract visitors and residents of Hollywood,” said Jorge Camejo, Executive Director of Hollywood CRA.  The Hollywood CRA’s commitment to the arts includes the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project and ArtsPark Live!, designed to boost and encourage a thriving social, cultural and economic landscape.  For more information about Cinema Paradiso in Downtown Hollywood or to make a donation, please email