Cinema Paradiso

SOLD OUT! Join us as we celebrate the return of movies to the Playhouse, Hamilton's oldest surviving, purpose-built cinema.


"A famous filmmaker returns to the Sicilian village where he grew up. He reminisces about the projectionist at the local cinema, his best friend as a child, who taught him to love cinema.

"Giuseppe Tornatore hit upon something miraculous when he wrote this tale of romance, between a young man and the movies, and friendship, between a wise, wry projectionist Alfredo and the cheeky urchin Salvatore who wiles his way into the booth. Peppered with moments from film greats - the lyrical syntax of this love affair - the film grows up with Salvatore, slipping from moment to cherishable moment.

"Not a false note is struck among the sunkissed Sicilian locations, gentle, humorous performances, and tinkling soundtrack. Assembled with a wide-eyed, childlike wonder, Tornatore taps themes of bonding, nostalgia, community, history and the power of film to transport man into a world of dreams.

"Transcending boundaries of arthouse and subtitle, Cinema Paradiso wraps you in a tender embrace and refuses to let go. And if you haven't blubbed by the time a fortysomething Salvatore plays Alfredo's long-hidden gift, then you're most likely dead. This is food for the weary soul." - Empire

We will be collecting non-perishable food donations for Hamilton Food Share at this event. Please donate! 


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