Last night, Rachel and I went to the Little Italy Open Air Film Festival to see "Hairspray"...the original from way back! We had dinner at Amici's Italian Restaurant and then found a spot amidst the crowd to set up our chairs. This has been a tradition in Baltimore since 1999.
Movies are projected on the outside wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant in the Da Mimmo Ristorante parking lot from across Stiles Street at the kindness of its homeowner - from resident Ray Lancelotta's third floor bedroom window. Ray is the nephew of the previous homeowner, the late "Mr. John" Pente, who wholeheartedly supported the Film Fest from its inception by allowing the use of his home for the projector (now a DVD setup). Mr. John passed away in 2011 at age 100 yet wanted the movie legacy to continue in his beloved neighborhood. Open Air Film Fest is sponsored by the Original Little Italy Restaurant Association.
|The bedroom window where the film|
is shown from
|Full moon over Little Italy|
|A commemorative mural about a block from the lot|
where the films are shown
|Anyone who has ever lived in Baltimore|
or knows anyone else who has will
appreciate this message on the screen!!!
|Rachel and I after the show|