The CRA has negotiated a ten-year lease for the space. On January 9, the City of Hollywood voted to contribute $30,000 a year for the next ten years in the form of ticket purchases. Those tickets will then be dispersed to area hotels, convention centers, and cruise lines to be given out to visitors. The first $30,000 injection from the city will seed the $100,000 needed to get the theater up and running.

To that end, on Thursday, February 28, the Hollywood CRA will host a kick-off party launching a fundraising effort from 5 to 7 p.m. at Face Restaurant, 2022 Hollywood Blvd., just a few doors down from the location of the new theater. For $20 admission, attendees can play their own part in seeing the project come to life. In addition to cocktail and hors d'oeuvres, guests will see renderings of the cinema-to-be and go on a group walk down to the future space.

Work has not yet begun on the former pottery store, though Von Hausch hopes for a midsummer opening.

Come fall, when the 28th-annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival returns, it will incorporate the new Hollywood location, and hopefully, the expanded audience will reach into South Broward, North Miami, and Canada — or wherever the Hollywood Beach tourists are visiting from.

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They have a lot of good movies at the Ft. Lauderdale location but none shown during the week afternoons


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