Downtown Hollywood Gains Momentum as a Cultural Hub with New Art House Cinema and Contemporary Public Art
Art and culture is alive and thriving in Downtown Hollywood, home to the new art house theater Cinema Paradiso – Hollywood, the popular monthly ArtWalk event series, a visually striking outdoor mural project, Gallery 2014, G& S Alternative Space,-the soon-to-open Artcenter 2020 artist work space and the Art of Shade eco-friendly couture fashion showroom and facilities, which include the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and the 10-acre ArtsPark at Young Circle.
A designated Live Music District, the vibrant downtown arts and entertainment district is characterized by an eclectic mix of trendy art galleries and studios, unique boutiques and specialty shops, restaurants, cafés and lively pubs and entertainment venues along tree-lined brick walks in a pedestrian-friendly village environment.
Cinema Paradiso - Hollywood
An art house theater that opened in the fall at 2008 Hollywood Blvd., Cinema Paradiso Hollywood provides year-round quality film programming and cultural events, including the award-winning Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The new theater offers screenings of art, foreign and American independent films, documentaries and retro movies as well as special events via satellite. Musical performances and late-night comedy nights are also being considered. The 3,000-square-foot, 82-seat digital cinema includes a bar serving beer, wine and cocktails and a concession stand featuring traditional movie theater fare. This is Broward County’s second art house cinema; the original is based in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Downtown Hollywood “Mural Project”
The Downtown Hollywood “Mural Project” launched its first outdoor mural with artist David “Lebo” Le Batard’s Be-Bop Into Outer Space during the August 2012 ArtWalk event. Since that time, several key downtown buildings have been given eye-catching makeovers by top local artists. Contributing to the colorful contemporary public art installations to date are notable commissioned artists Ruben Ubiera, Jessy Nite, Luis Pinto, Eduardo Mendieta, Evoca1, 2alas, Michelle Weinberg, Rob Robi and Tatiana Suarez. Anticipated upcoming mural artists will include Molly Rose Freeman and RekaOne.
Under Florida Law (Chapter 163, Part III), local governments are able to designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas when certain conditions exist. The Downtown District of the Hollywood, Florida CRA, created in 1979, encompasses approximately 580 acres. The Beach District of the Hollywood, Florida CRA, created in 1997, consists of 293 acres. The mission of the Hollywood CRA is to eliminate slums and blight by stimulating private investment and economic growth, upgrading the public infrastructure and public spaces, mobilizing community stakeholders, partnering with the City of Hollywood and other government agencies and providing leadership for the CRA districts.