Cinema Paradiso will soon have a sequel.
Hollywood’s Community Redevelopment Agency board agreed Wednesday morning to buy 3,000 movie tickets a year — at a cost of $30,000 — to help the small art house theater open a second location.
“The outpouring of support is amazing,” said Gregory von Hausch, the theater’s executive director. “Now we just have to work to get it open.”
Having a Hollywood location has been three years in the making. The theater, which shows documentaries, foreign and independent films and retro movies, currently operates from a spot near the Broward County Courthouse on Southeast Sixth Street in Fort Lauderdale, but wanted a second, more metropolitan location.
It’s worked out a deal to lease a nearly 3,000-foot space at 2008 Hollywood Blvd.
It just needed the CRA’s guaranteed financial support in order to commit. And city leaders say the theater is perfect for downtown, where they envision an arts and cultural district.
“This is more than a no-brainer,” said Mayor Peter Bober. “This is a deal that makes absolute sense.”
The tickets will be given out to area hotels to distribute to guests. The theater will also work something out for Hollywood residents.
Several theater supporters came out in favor of having a second location in Hollywood.
“Here is a wonderful way of bringing people from all over Hollywood downtown,” said Terry Cantrell, president of the Hollywood Lakes Civic Association.
With the approval, von Hausch said they will immediately start work on the space to create a ticket booth, concession stand, screen and other theater necessities. The hope is for the theater, which will have about 100 seats, to open in three months.
Board Chair Alan Koslow is already dreaming of a second phase.
“This is just the start,” he said, adding that the film society would love to add a film school. “We want to bring Hollywood, California to Hollywood, Florida.”