6:00pm – 9:00pm | FREE!
One of Little Italy’s more popular events, the Open Air Film Fest has thrived since 1999. Arrive early to set up a lawn chair (limited folding chairs provided), stroll the neighborhood and eat dinner at one of the neighborhood’s many restaurants before settling in to watch an Italian-related feature film. Movies are projected onto the outside wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant in the Da Mimmo Ristorante parking lot from a rowhome across the street, thanks to the kindness of its owner. Ray Lancelotta, nephew of the previous homeowner, the late “Mr. John” Pente, wholeheartedly supports the Film Fest, as did his uncle. Mr. John had allowed a projector to be set up in his third floor bedroom window since the inception of this event, all for the good of the neighborhood. Mr. John passed away in 2011 at age 100 and had lived in the house all of his life.
TONIGHT’S FILM: July 12 – To Rome with Love (R, 112 minutes) Romance! Adventure! Hilarity! Italy! Woody Allen leads this all-star cast on a rollicking ride through the streets of one of the world’s greatest cities. Lovers and fiancés, opera singers and architects, the talented and the famous, and the youthful and the wise, are all players within this engaging film as their stories and lives magically crisscross and collide.