The romance of this unique island awaits you. You’ll taste and savor the island lifestyle and enjoy the hospitality of its proud residents. We select each festival venue to enrich your festival experience, and each has been carefully chosen to immerse you in the beauty, history and magic of this very special community. You’ll see why we call it the “Crown City.” Most are within walking distance of one another. Below is a sample of some of the venues
-Please note that the following venues are subject to change
“I’m so proud to be involved in this festival; you’re doing everything right… creating a true celebration of the art of film in this unique and hospitable community – my hometown of Coronado – a place where moviemaking began making its mark more than a century ago.” –Lisa Bruce, Academy-Award-winning producer of The Theory of Everything and CIFF 2016 Head Juror for Narrative Features.
The Hotel del Coronado – Our Presenting Sponsor
Festival Guest Rooms, Celebrity Tribute Reception, Winter Bonfire Movie on the Del Beach.
This world-famous National Historic Landmark hotel was built right on the sand in 1888. The magnificently maintained Victorian masterpiece has presided with dignity over its oceanfront location for more than a century, anchoring its town and offering guests from around the world the latest in resort amenities, including spas, shopping, and world-class restaurants – all a just few steps from Coronado’s white sandy beach – named (you’ll see why) one of the Top Ten beaches in the U.S.
Village Theatres – CIFF’s Host Theater
First opened in 1947, Coronado’s beloved Village Theatre fell into disrepair and finally closed its doors in 2000, much to the chagrin of island residents. It remained shuttered until 2011 when it was acquired and completely renovated to its state-of-the-art glory by Lance Alspaugh, CEO of Vintage Cinemas of Los Angeles, in partnership with the City of Coronado. The theatre’s 220-seat main auditorium is augmented by two intimate screening rooms that seat 40 each. Each theatre offers reclining seats designed for comfort and maximum visibility. Hand-painted art-deco murals of Coronado and San Diego scenes adorn each of the theatres’ walls.
Coronado Performing Arts Center-CoSA Main Stage Theatre
Screenings, Awards Ceremonies, Special Presentations
The 570-seat Coronado Performing Arts Center is part of Coronado High School, which just celebrated its 100th anniversary. This is not your average high school auditorium! In 1995, CHS founded Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) to nurture artistic talent and creativity in high school students from throughout the region, who must audition in order to gain admittance. Today, CoSA’s award-winning school has six conservatories: Musical Theatre & Drama, Dance, Instrumental Music, Technical Theatre, Visual Arts and Digital Arts (Animation, Graphic Design, Filmmaking and Game Design).
Coronado Library and “The Winn Room”
Screenings & Live Performances
The Coronado Library is foremost among the island’s many jewels and is often called the cultural heart of the community. Situated in the middle of the island, the original classical design by architect Harrison Albright was built in 1909 and has been expanded several times since to reach its current 40,000 square feet. The library’s extensive art collection includes original murals painted in 1938 by Mexican artist Ramos Martinez. The intimate and beautiful glass-walled “Winn Room,” set amongst the trees, will be the venue for screenings and live performances.
Coronado Museum of History and Art and Visitor Center
Our Festival Box Office
Location: 1100 Orange Avenue
Days and Hours: TBA
Once again, The Coronado Historical Association has donated this beautiful space for use as our Festival Box Office. Perfectly located on a prominent corner one of Coronado’s most treasured historic commercial blocks, be sure to stop in at Tent City Restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner, visit the Museum, and browse the Museum Store.