Before modern cinema, the term motion picture referred to tossing children’s artwork out the window. Hold on to your finger paintings with today’s Groupon: for $18, you get a movie outing for two at Cinema Paradiso (up to a $36 total value). The movie outing includes:
- Two movie tickets (up to a $20 value)
- Two glasses of house wine or domestic beer (an $8 value)
- Two small orders of popcorn (an $8 value)
Artistic films from around the world screen at Cinema Paradiso, a motion-picture emporium known for hosting the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Before the theater’s pendant lamps dim, guests can wander through descending rows of plush blue velvet chairs, which were imported from Paris to give the space the Old-World charm of Europe and the subtle scent of brie. Up to 230 pairs of eyes marvel at the stars who light up the screen during an unexpected reunion between old friends in Italy’s Immaturi or the unraveling of a French presidential candidate’s life in The Conquest. As drama unfolds upon a newly purchased projection screen and sound system, bits of buttery popcorn, house wine, and domestic beer vended from one of three bars with concession stands disappear down rabbit holes. English subtitles narrate Cinema Paradiso’s foreign films, enabling viewers to keep pace with unforeseen plot twists and reading glasses to petition for overtime pay.
From the outside, Savor Cinema (formerly known as Cinema Paradiso Fort Lauderdale) was recently renovated with 216 plush royal blue velvet seats—each imported from Paris—is a luxurious haven for movie-goers. The downtown Fort Lauderdale theater screens art-house independent films from all over the world and is also home to the 32nd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. With the ability to project 35mm, DCP, and High-Def Surround, the venue's possibilities are many. They offer three full service bars and concession fare such as popcorn to help guests calm their jitters during the scary parts or satiate cravings so that no growling bellies drown out tenderly whispered love scenes.