Art-house theater weathers storms, recession

posted by Michael Zoldessy on April 9, 2009 at 9:45 am

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Celebrating ten years in service, the Cinema Paridiso is still going strong

In the 10 years of its existence, Fort Lauderdale Is your Fort Lauderdale restaurant clean? – Click Here.’s Cinema Paradiso has seen plenty of noise and bustle. It’s hosted fundraisers, barbecues and classic car shows; motorcycle rallies, rock festivals and Halloween shindigs.

But Broward County Click here for restaurant inspection reports’s lone art-house cinema is quiet as a church on most weekday mornings —– appropriate for a place that used to be one. On one morning last week, the lights are dim and the air conditioning is scant. The theater is empty except for Hal Axler, the theater’s programming director and the executive director of the Broward County Film Society. Sitting alone in the spacious second-floor office, he fields all the phone calls and even helps to unpack Bud Light cases from a hand truck during a morning delivery.

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