FREE! Friday evenings in July & August
“They came over and asked if I would put a projector in my bedroom. I said, ‘If it’s good for the neighborhood, fine, go ahead.’ Anything you can do for the neighborhood, you do.” ~ John Pente, 1910 – 2010
- Corner of High & Stiles Streets
- Live music begins 7 pm
- Movies begin 9 pm (except Aug 26)
- FREE POPCORN!
One of Little Italy’s more popular events, sponsored by the Original Little Italy Restaurant Association, the Open Air Film Fest has thrived since 1999. Movies are projected onto the outside wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant in the Da Mimmo Ristorante parking lot from a row home across the street. Folks arrive early to set up lawn chairs, listen to live entertainment, stroll the neighborhood, and eat at one of Little Italy's many restaurants. Instrumental in allowing this event to be created was the late "Mr. John" Pente, who wholeheartedly supported the Film Fest for the last 11 years of his life. Mr. John died in 2011 at age 100 after living in The Neighborhood for his entire life. He allowed a movie projector to be set up in his third floor bedroom window ... all for the good of the neighborhood. His nephew, the late Ray Lancelotta who died in 2014, had then purchased the home and generously continued the Film Fest tradition. The Lancelotta family has graciously allowed the continuation of the Film Fest.
Read news story about Film Fest on The Daily Record