Pick up a FREE FILM FEST BOOKMARK at these restaurants:
- FREE! Friday evenings through July & August
- Corner of High & Stiles Streets
- Live music begins 7:00 pm
- Movies begin 9:00 pm
- FREE POPCORN!
One of Little Italy’s more popular events, the Open Air Film Fest has existed since 1999! Arrive early to set up a lawn chair (limited folding chairs are provided), stroll the neighborhood and/or eat dinner before watching an Italian-related feature film. Some of Little Italy's restaurants offer carryout and/or movie night specials, and NEW in 2013, some food is available from our host restaurants right on the parking lot!
Movies are projected on the outside wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant in the Da Mimmo Ristorante parking lot from across Stiles Street at the kindness of its homeowner - from resident Ray Lancelotta's third floor bedroom window. Ray is the nephew of the previous homeowner, the late "Mr. John" Pente, who wholeheartedly supported the Film Fest from its inception by allowing the use of his home for the projector (now a DVD setup). Mr. John passed away in 2011 at age 100 yet wanted the movie legacy to continue in his beloved neighborhood. Open Air Film Fest is sponsored by the Original Little Italy Restaurant Association.
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Da Mimmo, Chiapparelli's, Vaccaro's, Sabatino's ... OR ... at the festival booth of Promotion Center for Little Italy during the summer Italian festivals.
MOVIE SCHEDULE 2014
Hairspray (PG; 2007) Special opening remarks recorded by JOHN WATERS. Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.
Gladiator (R; 2000) When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he goes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
Big Night (R; 1996) A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business.
King Kong (Unrated; 1933) A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star.
Moonstruck (PG; 1987) When the moon is full, anything can happen! And it does in this acclaimed romantic comedy about the lives and loves of an extended Italian-American family in Brooklyn.
Rocky (PG; 1976) Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight with heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed, in which Rocky strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
Silver Linings Playbook (R; 2012) - After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.
Used People (PG-13; 1992) At her husband’s funeral, Pearl (Shirley Maclean) meets an old Italian friend (Marcello Mastroianni) of her husband’s who has secretly loved Pearl for 23 years.
Cinema Paradiso (PG 1988; Italian with English subtitles) In a small town in Italy, a young boy is mesmerized by a movie theater and strikes up a dynamic friendship with its warm-hearted projectionist.