Coronado Island celebrated its 125th birthday in 2015. The romance and history of this unique island await you, beginning with the incomparable Hotel Del Coronado, Presenting Sponsor of Coronado Island Film Festival. As a CIFF attendee, in addition to seeing a wide and diverse selection of films, you’ll savor the island lifestyle and enjoy the hospitality of its proud residents. Each Festival venue has been carefully chosen not only to showcase films, but also to immerse you in the beauty and magic of this very special community. You’ll see why we call it the “Crown City.”
Below is a sample of some of the venues reserved for the screenings, panel discussions, parties, exhibits and workshops. If you like exercise, you can walk or bike to almost all of them. However, there will be a free trolley will be “looping the island” for the less energetic pass holder. (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, Opening Night Party, Celebrity Tribute Reception, Crown City VIP Lounge, 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 Theater 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 theater’s 220-seat main auditorium is augmented by two intimate screening rooms that seat 40 each. Each theatrer offers reclining seats designed for comfort and maximum visibility. Hand-painted art-deco murals of Coronado and San Diego scenes adorn each of the theater’s 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 celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015. 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 Performing Arts Center – Black Box Theatre
The Black Box theatre, as its name implies, is a small, appropriately edgy, dark space – with big sound and lighting when needed! Adjacent to the main stage theatre, it is a different sort of movie-going experience, one you’re sure to enjoy.
Coronado Library and “The Winn Room”
Screenings, Short Films, Live Performances, Movie History Exhibit
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. During the 2016 Festival weekend, the Library Gallery presented a special exhibit of “Coronado’s Movie-Making History.” Over 100 movies have been filmed in Coronado, the most famous being “Some Like It Hot” with Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, and “The Stunt Man” starring Peter O’Toole and Barbara Hershey. The intimate and beautiful glass-walled “Winn Room,” set amongst the trees, was the 2016 venue for screenings of hot new and vintage classic films, as well as live musical performances.
Coronado Museum of History and Art and Visitor Center
Panel Discussions, Lectures
Surrounded by specialty shops and restaurants for every taste bud, the Coronado Museum of History and Art and Visitor Center was the 2016 venue for some of the festival’s most interesting panel discussions. Situated on one of Coronado’s most historic and architecturally beautiful commercial blocks, it is just one block from the Del. The Museum features ongoing historical exhibits and the Museum Store, Visitor Center, and attached Tent City restaurant provide the perfect break from film viewing.
City of Coronado Boathouse and Club Room
One of Coronado’s newest buildings, this clean-lined beauty is situated at water’s edge on Glorietta Bay, with vistas of the Coronado Yacht Club, the Coronado Municipal Golf Course, and the big, blue Coronado Bridge. The Boathouse’s light and airy Club Room is the perfect setting for panel discussions and workshops. (Or you can rent a paddleboard, and head out into the bay!)