Cinema Paradiso Chases Out Top Managers

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If you hit Cinema Paradiso's Italia Film Festa this past weekend you might have been lucky enough to catch Come Undone, a steamy flick about an adulterous affair set in Milan. After seeing it in December, Village Voice reviewer Nick Pinkerton wrote: "The hot sex has the rhythm of actual hot sex, and quotidian life is rendered convincingly in every detail."

Since that review, Netflix reviewers haven't been so generous, giving it on average just two stars out of five. "The sex scenes were so tame you did not even have to watch," one viewer commented on Netflix.com after renting the DVD or streaming the movie live over the internet.

Here then lies the problem with the Italian film festival and Cinema Paradiso itself -- many of its movies nowadays have been out on video for months, sometimes years. Because of that, membership to the downtown Fort Lauderdale theater has fallen off in recent years, insiders say, and the non-profit that owns it has seen a steady decrease in donations.

At the heart of all these problems is Gregory von Hausch, president and CEO of the
Broward County Film Society, which runs Cinema Paradiso. Critics say von Hausch runs the theater for a few key members and has chased out employees who tried to make the theater appeal to a broader audience.

Those are tough accusations, but there are indisputable problems with the theater, including shaky finances. Meanwhile, von Hausch has plans to expand and wants to open a second Cinema Paradiso theater in Hollywood, perhaps in as little as a few months. More South Florida locations could be next.

Von Hausch contends that the theater isn't having financial or membership problems. He paints a rosy picture of how things are going and said membership has leveled off at about 1,000 in the past year. "Things are looking up, and the theater has never looked better," he says. "If people are complaining, they aren't mentioning it to me."

Von Hausch has been with Cinema Paradiso since the beginning, back when it opened in 2000 in a renovated church on Southeast Sixth Street. His wife, Bonnie Lee Adams, is the senior programmer, and together they pick the movies that run at the theater and during the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival held every fall. Adams' salary isn't reported on federal tax documents the theater must file with the government, but von Hausch pulls in $100,000 a year plus benefits, such as trips to film festivals around the globe.

In 2006, the couple bought an $825,000 home in St. Augustine and began spending much of their time there. About two or three times a month, von Hausch flies or drives to Fort Lauderdale for meetings, usually at the expense of Cinema Paradiso. Asked about whether the theater should be paying his expenses to get to work, he said it's not uncommon in his business.

After they moved, they handed off day to day operations and programming of the theater to Hal Axler, who was brought on as executive director that year.

Axler, along with general manager Frank Wolf, had a new vision for the theater as a center for the arts. They aimed to bring in a new audience in addition to the retirees who dominate the membership rolls. They attracted events like the Auteur Explosion, which was held every few months and featured an eclectic lineup that included local films, bands, and burlesque dancers.

They also increased the number of new-run alternative movies, often showing the art-house flicks that had recently premiered in Los Angeles and New York.

But in early 2010, von Hausch took the programming duties away from Axler. He told Axler and Wolf to stop seeking the artsy events that they had been attracting and didn't want their influence on the lineup of films shown at the theater.

Wolf said he simply couldn't buy into von Hausch's vision for the theater as a home to a mostly senior citizen audience. Von Hausch's new lineup was mostly second-run art house movies that are, in many cases, already available on video and therefore cheaper to run.

Wolf quit shortly after the change in programming, something that was difficult after 4 1/2 years at a theater he believed in. "I've only been to a couple places that felt like home, and that was one of them," he said from Long Island, where he's now managing a small movie house.

Axler held out until December, when he got a job as development director at the Young at Art museum. Axler didn't want to go into the differences with von Hausch but he said: "I wish the best for the theater. I enjoyed my time there, but they're the bosses and they wanted to take it in another direction."

After the last Auteur Explosion on April 1, organizer Dawn Dubriel was informed by the theater staff that her event would no longer be welcome. She was told it was because artist Steve Case, who goes by Kelo, had allegedly vandalized the theater -- spray painting the walls and carving his name in mirrors and sinks. (Case denied that charge, and when asked about the fact that there used to be photos on Facebook that showed the graffiti, he would only say "I didn't do it. That's it.") Dubriel was surprised by the reaction, especially since her event had brought in over $20,000 in revenue. She's now looking for a new home for the event.

Von Hausch denies that the departures of his key staff had anything to do with a disagreement about the theater's direction. He says Axler got another job and Wolf decided to move away -- excuses that don't agree with the recollections of theater employees.

Asked about the theater's switch to movies that are cheaper and already on DVD, von Hausch said he wants to "show movies our viewers wouldn't see otherwise." He mentioned the film-going experience that you can't get at home and that most of the theater's members likely aren't aware that most of the Italian film festival movies are already available from video rental companies. "Business is good. Things are good," he said.

But the theater's financial forms filed to the IRS paint a bleak financial picture. The Broward Film Society lost $87,000 in 2008, and did just better than break-even in 2009, the last year information is available.  Broward County, which owns the theater, is one of the biggest contributors to the theater, chipping in about $150,000 a year. But overall donations, grants, and membership fees have also dropped off from $571,000 in 2005 to $355,000 in 2009, while expenses have continued to rise. An internal audit of 2010 finances shows the theater breaking even again, but that's in part due to a $65,000 line of credit it took out from Wachovia Bank. Cinema Paradiso used about $45,000 of the money to stay afloat last year.

Von Hausch isn't worried about the drop-off in donations. He's thinking instead about expansion plans. The theater's management has a location picked out in Hollywood for a second Cinema Paradiso location, which could be finalized soon. Meanwhile, he and his wife are programming other film festivals around the state.

"We're not your typical movie theater," he says. "We're not even your typical art house."

There's no doubt about that if you look at the theater's typical lineup. Most movie theaters and art houses usually avoid films already available from your local video rental kiosk.


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Fliffer
Fliffer

     I agree that the theatre needs new life and energy. The board and the upper-level management need to wake up and incorporate different events and movies. Every week I receive calls asking whether we still host Rocky Horror Picture Show. Sadly, many of the ideas that we have seem to be disregarded and not taken into account. 

     On the other hand, it's the old folks who have the time and money to spend on the theatre and their patronage is constant. These members not only come to watch original movies, but they make friends. Why would you as a business decide to change that formula? The best idea is to meet in the middle and compromise, and we have had recent success in bringing in younger crowds by hosting events like Open Reel Night and Retro Reels. Also, our Groupon has brought a whole lot of younger people who would have never have gone there otherwise.

     While I understand the problems that Cinema Paradiso has now, it's nothing that cannot be fixed. Also I don't think that these disgruntled employees are telling the whole story. They act as if they did the best job, brought in all the money, and these poor guys got chased out by the big bad boss who was threatened by their success. 

     There's more to this story than meets the eye. I can't tell you how many times I've heard from my fellow employees and random people I meet around town of the underage drinking and drug use that was going on under these ninnies watch. Let's not forget to mention the after hours parties hosted by the managers and their employees, imbibing all on Cinema's tab. Add in rude and negative employees and some dipping into the tip jar/till and you get a clearer picture as to why these two idiots were kicked to the curb.

     Shame on you two morons who obviously can't live with the fact that it was actually you guys who were running the place into the ground. You have so much denial of that fact that you have to try and sully our establishment's name (and my hard work) because you can't own up to your actions. It's pathetic and you sound like whiny little bitches.

    "Success is the best revenge" and with the way things are going for Cinema and with the new staff everyone will be glad to see that changes have been made for the better. We have a great manager who is determined to make the place better by appeasing the patrons and his employees. All of us are passionate about the theatre and we hold ourselves accountable for it's success.

Chomposaur
Chomposaur

Von Hausch has run FLIFF into the ground.  In the pre-Greg days, FLIFF was an exciting event with relevant programming, interesting guests, and real venues (AMC Coral Ridge, the Carefree Theater, etc) as its home.  It was a joy to attend.  Under Greg's guidance, the festival became the sort of bullshit event where David Gordon Green's stunning debut 'George Washington' is ignored, playing to an almost empty theater, a mere hour before has-been/never-was Fred Dryer of TV's 'Hunter' rides in on horseback to promote some obscure, wooden turd-on-celluloid that will never been seen again.  You know a film festival is irrelevant when one of its most heralded celebrity guests is Fred Dryer.  (In fact, this sounds like Christopher Guest material.)

But, the Dryer turd had an audience eight times larger than Green's film (which has since been released by Criterion, while the Dryer film hasn't been released on any medium).  So, part of the problem is FLIFF's audience, alternately elderly, and moneyed-and-vacant.  And Von Hausch and wife fall into the latter category, at least in mindset.  These people do not really walk or talk like "film people."  They smell like would-be "society people." Von Hausch did not book 'Old Boy,' for instance, at his venue because he felt it was "too violent."  And the film likely would not have played well with a Wine Sol-and-chēze after party.

Another problem (for me, anyway) is that Cinema Paradise and FLIFF have largely phased out 35mm.  Their retrospective programming consists of DVDs being projected onto their screen, and anyone who knows anything about film exhibition quality knows that a DVD looks five times better on your home television monitor than blown up on a 20-foot screen.  I have not been to Cinema Paradiso in a few years as a result of their disinterest in screening anything on 35mm.  Their retrospective program, as it currently stands, would be more at home in a senior center than a cinema.

The most admirable programming decision Von Hausch ever made was booking 'The Cremaster Cycle.'  In markets like NYC, Los Angeles, and Chicago, where intellectual curiosity is the rule and not the exception, works like the 'Cremaster' films play regularly and are booked perfunctorily.  In South Florida, any such programming decision is a 'risk.'  In the instance of the 'Cremaster' films, Sun-Sentinel provided adequate coverage and the event was well-attended.  Matthew Barney, like it or not, is one of the more notable figures in contemporary art, and programming his 'Cremaster Cycle' flavored the Cinema Paradiso and FLIFF as 'relevant.'  Likewise, screening a beautiful 35mm archival print of Nicholas Ray's rather forgotten 'Wind Across the Everglades' almost made the venue feel relevant, except that the event seemed all about celebrity guest Christopher Plummer's presence, and very little about the film itself.

In a way, though, FLIFF, Cinema Paradiso, and the problems that plague them seem to serve as a microcosm representing South Florida's cultural/intellectual climate as a whole.

Crystal Schwartz
Crystal Schwartz

I love the theater. I was always there for RHPS, Repo!, and the infrequent LARP games. I was friends with many people on the staff. I even tried to get an application to apply for a job there because i was at CP nearly everyday. One of their "managers" made me lift 2 case of beer to prove i was strong enough to do stocking then told me they didnt need any more girls on staff. When i when into the upstairs office to try to get an application from someone who mattered they shooed me away making excuses. Immediately after one of their employees quit they asked me to step in and work the garage and clean for a few shifts. i was never officially hired, but i still came by and helped out. 

When they took away RHPS and Repo! i showed up less frequently, even though i walked or drove by CP everyday. there was almost no reason to go there anymore except for the few art events. i had money to spend at CP but they stopped giving me a reason to show up. because i was there so often i saw all the horrible bickering within the staff. there was always a power struggle and once some people got power the held it over everyone making the Cinema a miserable place to be. 

I loved when Hal was there and Wolf is a personal friend of mine. they are both hard workers, always trying to better everything they put their heart and mind to. Cinema could have become and amazing place if not for Greg and the board vetoing new ideas to get a younger audience. I used to bring at least ten friends with me for most of the events i mentioned. now not only do my friends not go there but i am personally boycotting CP untill it once again becomes a welcoming place for people under 65 years old. It's sad to see a place i used to love slowly destroy itself. i feel like a someone watching their best friend hang themselves, for the slow death.

micsto
micsto

As a former employee, there were good bad and ugly days. That being said, Wolf did bring in a decent revenue with the Rocky Horror & Repo Man events.  The bar made money and the theater was filled. The Auteur Explosion was also another lovely event to work because it brought all types of people to the place from all walks of life. It opened up other revenues of money for the theater because people LOVED the place and did other events there (A lot of Indy film makers would showcase their films). I did bellydance and DJ/dance events at the theater because Hal was very open to giving me the opportunity to try new things as long as it didn't disrupt the movie schedule too much. There would be discussions with various staff members & Hal on what we could do to create revenue. Some of these ideas worked some didn't.  As for the general running of things when I worked there, at times it could be frustrating because we would be short staffed and have to cover various job duties. For what we got paid,  It was frustrating! The theater itself is a day to day up keep and some things got fixed while others didn't and you just dealt with them.  As for nowadays, I do think some of the uniqueness and creativity has left the building with some of the previous staff members but there are a few friends still there that deserve more recognition than what they get.  As for the theater itself, I think they do need to re-vamp the movie schedule and allow more new foreign and "under the radar" films and documentaries to be seen.  It would also be nice to see younger & up & coming directors to be showcased as well as the greats from the past.  As for Greg, I hope he'll look at this article and realize that most people want to see this theater succeed but changes really do need to made for it to be in the spotlight again.  

Elefante
Elefante

this place is looking better than than ever.....an everything look so fresh...and clean....you should stop by and take a look...

dean
dean

it's shameful for someone to use the press drag the theater's name through the mud because they didn't get their way. 

Broward Resident
Broward Resident

sad....no wonder one has to go to Miami for ACTUAL fulfilling, provocative cultural events.  For those who gave us added  cultural event options (Dawn) I salute you, keep your head up, the Dinosaur-style management of GVH will fail sooner than later

Former Employee
Former Employee

After reading all of this, I feel like I should give my opinion and get this over with. Here is goes: I agree with what Wolf is saying. As a former employee, the staff and I would come up with several ideas to bring in a younger, as well as, an older crowd. Unfortunately, everyone upstairs had their heads so far up Greg's ass that they would just smile and nod at our ideas and go on their merry way. Second, there was A LOT of "backstabbing and bickering" mainly with the theater staff, in particular with the managers( I use this term lightly) who not only jilted Wolf, but also wrecked havoc on the rest of the staff causing several of us to quit. 

All in all, Cinema Paradiso was a great place to work. Definitely one of my favorite "cultural" experiences. Unless they make some changes, they are going to continue to plummet. 

Culturally Minded Observer
Culturally Minded Observer

The organization seems fairly rotten from the head down, if this Greg guy is the head then it seems that the board needs to evaluate if he is worth what they are paying him. I did some research on the 990's (tax forms that non-profits must legally file) and it seems their financial situation is fairly dire. The non-profit, arts and cultural world down here in South Florida isn't what it could be but it seems like this place could be a gem and is just being squandered. I wonder what the organization's board of directors knows of all this business or if they even care.

anon
anon

Um... what? It appalls me that in the 21st Century we are still hearing "Satan Worshiping" as a term for things people don't take the time to understand...

Dammitman
Dammitman

In all the years I've been in Florida the only reason I ever went to Cinema Paradiso was for Rocky and Repo.

Lily
Lily

This saddens me that such a quaint little theater has hit the decline. Friends and I attended one of the last of the Repo Shows. We drove down from Central Florida specifically for the event and it was quite packed out. The theater itself has that older feel which is a great setting for films that have always made the world of cinema great. 

I had heard of the operational changes and that their midnight shows now sought a new venue. I  hated the fact that our next trip down south we'd miss out on seeing  this beautiful venue. The cast that performed all of the midnight shows is literally nationally praised for their performances and integrity. It was quite a misfortune for CP to loose them. Maybe they should take a page from Tampa theater, and become a theater that is truly for the people of its city. Because they cater to the people of Hillsborough county (of ALL ages), the people of Hillsborough county take care of it and has allowed it to stand the test of time. Sadly with the current direction and management CP is going, a few more years at most will be all they'll be able to claim.

Mysticdiva
Mysticdiva

Try doing some getting your facts straight. What you failed to mention is the reason WHY Wolf left. It was due to the fact that there was a large amount of backstabbing and bickering about the petty things. As a patron I actually saw this on a regular basis. It is said just how far the theater fell and the number of today's youth that was going there who now have no place to find quality theater that is affordable.

Gator
Gator

 Dubriel was surprised by the reaction, especially since her event had brought in over $20,000 in revenue.

wow ...$20,000 ( BULLSHIT ) 

Former Employee
Former Employee

I used to work at Cinema Paradiso, both while Wolf and Axler were Managers. Things were running very smoothly and we had great events and attendance. Around April of 2010, about 8 months after I was hired, there was a sudden announcement, mid-shift, that Wolf was fired, and eventually forbidden on the premises. 

A few months later, the shows that the theater put on, Rocky Horror and REPO! The Genetic Opera, which I assure you were the months largest sources of revenue, were also put on the chopping block. I continued to work at the theater under the management of two of her former employees, who claimed the titles of 'manager' though they were never officially granted such a position. The theater collapsed, and customers would repeatedly come in saying that the films we were showing were on Netflix and Comcast On Demand just weeks before. 

I've personally met Greg and had the opportunity to speak with him on several occasions. The man, while he may claim to have good intentions for CP, has actions that speak to the opposite effect. Not to mention he has little concern for keeping licensing and equipment up to date, so I warn you all before checking out Cinema a la mode. 

All in all, yes, the theater is great.... if you're within 6 years of being 6 feet under, on oxygen or have Alzheimer's. To most anyone under the age of 65, I caution you, as the events which may have held something of worth have long sense been cast into the abyss.

KAY
KAY

The Auteur Explosion and the staff that was at CP, like Hal and Frank and others were about to put the Cinema on the map in present time. What was done by Von Hausch is called CENSORSHIP. He censored the artists and shows the community wanted. It could have been a real Art House Theater of our Community -- alas, its a pawn of some rich tyrant playing his own ego games. Lets make sure one thing is clear: We SEE you and you just do not measure up to the Community's standards. Shame on you for being a small minded censor. Cin Par is more than your pawn. Black spiders are crawling all over the venerable old venue and the pretty butterflies are all gone. Its time again to vote with our wallets. You made no friends by how you treated the people and artists loyal to CP, your hubris disgusts me. Its no fun being in the spotlight like this instead of abusing people behind closed doors. The Community's eyes are upon you and they are not amused. 

Martnbraun
Martnbraun

"Cinema Paradiso Chases Out Top Managers"... that stole money, berated staff, were rude to customers, and used the theater for weird satanic rituals at night.

Jason
Jason

I enjoyed going there every weekend, but its not the same since Frank was pushed away. It was a bad move on the chairmen behalf. The theater was in a perfect locations of Ft. lauderdale for what Axler and Frank invishiond. Its to bad that place will never be the same again.

Dr. Jamez
Dr. Jamez

I used to work for Cinema Paradiso (granted, it was  a while ago) and Greg was a douchebag then as well. My pay would switch back and forth from salary to hourly (depending on how many hours I worked) and he would dock my pay if things weren't done to his satisfaction. Then, he booked the wrong movie, went to Cannes and refused to let us change the automated information line. Greg has always been more interested in wine and cheese parties and schmoozing with the rich and famous than anything artistic.

former CP volunteer
former CP volunteer

CP was not without problems even when Hal and Frank were there - but the biggest issues have always been due to Greg. I used to volunteer there a lot, but I finally couldn't take the crap anymore. I can barely stand to go see a movie there now. Thank goodness this area isn't hurting for real art house cinemas! Shame they're almost all in Palm Beach or Dade.

Lilliam Valdoris
Lilliam Valdoris

I really miss the shows hey use to have there. Rocky/Repo, belly-dancing, and art shows. Me and a lot of friends use to go there all the time, but since they stopped doing it, well, no reason to go there whatsoever. CP use to be cool, now it's just another building with no purpose.

Frank Wolf Connell
Frank Wolf Connell

Thanks for adding your voice Crystal I really wish all the people who've contacted me about What has become of CP would have posted here if for no other reason than to show those powers that be what a large chunk of the community they've alienated. Some folks have asked why I even care about a job I had over a year ago now and All I can say to them is CP was only the 2nd true Home I've ever known. I'd give just about anything to put things back the way they were but things change and time marches on. I will always have a place in my heart for the people and the theater. I'd also come back in a heart beat to put it back to what it once was and could be again.

Frank Wiolf Connell
Frank Wiolf Connell

This speaks to the problem of a 100k Salary and an almost 50k Travel budget at any point the theaters carpets could have been replaced or any other number of fixes could have taken place if Greg took a 10% cut..... Sigh.... beating a dead horse I know But I'm very passionate about the success of the theater, I'd hate to see it turned into a parking garage.

Olga
Olga

Gonna call your bluff today.

Anon
Anon

yeah if the attendance is is far down as it's been across the board there's no reason it shouldn't be clean

Frank Wolf Connell
Frank Wolf Connell

Hey Dean it's really not the theaters name that's under the gun it's the upper managements poor decisions. Dawn didn't write the article and Eric approached several of us  for comments on what he saw as a down turn. It's a feeling well represented here. Greg states that membership stands at around 1000. which is a good number but consider the 150+ that would show up for repo and rocky the 150 Plus for AE and another couple hundred for Drag it out and some of the other events that people came regularly to you're looking at close to 500 people you've just alienated in the community conservatively. I'm glad your still there running the projectors and stuff.. All the best.

Samantha-Leah Shiff
Samantha-Leah Shiff

if only there was a way to buy the theatre for the public, by the public.

KAY
KAY

this is a case of the tail (Greg) wagging the dog (the Board), dear CMO. They are his drones. This guy truly thinks the world is his to piss on... in every imaginable way.... great post bTW, excellent points all.

KAY
KAY

this is a case of the tail (Greg) wagging the dog (the Board), dear CMO. They are his drones. This guy truly thinks the work is his to piss on... in every imaginable way....not pretty...

KAY
KAY

and the only reason I ever went there was the Auteur Explosion and Dawn Dubruiel's wedding.  This place does not have a pulse without the fire of our arts and music and local community involvement. Watching old embalmed movies does not a classy theater make.

Former Employee
Former Employee

Ummmm you are clueless. Dawn's events were always in the top 3 events the theater had out-of-festival-season, the other 2 being Repo and Rocky.

REDAWN
REDAWN

Actually, I brought in way more than $20k! Not only did they make over $1k per night at the bar, they used my event to obtain grants valued at over $9k for 2009, that was matched by the Knights Grant and others, as well as all of the new events that locals started having there after the Auteur Explosion opened the doors - such as CP Rocks, Indie Craft Bazaar, Drag It Out, and more... Not to mention that I did 3 free videos for the theatre to use valued at over $1500 each... hmmmm... I am sure there is more, yet thats all that I can think of for now. If you like, I can list other ways when I recall...

Frank Wolf Connell
Frank Wolf Connell

Each of her Events did about $1100 or so at the Bar so do the math. No to mention all the Free Press

Anon
Anon

Oh hai rob

Frank Wolf Connell
Frank Wolf Connell

That's a Really bizarre statement. I'd like to know who stole $$$ and what Satanic Rituals are you referring too because I'm very curious how I missed out on that in my time there?

Unless of course you mean my Japanese Tea Ceremony Wedding that took place there, Or my "weird shows" that made the theater over $1000 per night they were held on average, btw 3 years of shows brought in almost $35K which is almost more than I made at CP In my whole time there.

Or maybe this is one of those people who have no Idea what a LARP "Live Action Role Playing" is and are referring to a "game" I hosted at the theater after hours with permission by the way. A game which I and others used as an  acting tool by the way. It's a way to work on improve skills. and just so you know Just how "Satanic: it was I wouldn't even sell alcohol at the Event because it might impair ones ability to effectively role play and it was bringing in an extra $50 bucks a night in Soda and Water sales which was usually more than we would make on a weekday showing the same movie for the 3rd time, there by doubling what the theater brought in for the day.

You mean that? The only reason I bring this up is because the only time the word Satanic was brought up to me stemmed from something that came came up at a board meeting and some of those elderly people had no Idea what it was about. and no one had the balls to just ask me instead they had their meeting and I was asked not to host the game at CP any more.. End of Story

SO Please clarify your statements and be very prepared to back them the hell up. Unless I'm in the dark here No One on the management team ever took anything from CP and Quite the Opposite in Fact If Anything CP Took From Us.

Samantha-Leah Shiff
Samantha-Leah Shiff

p.s.  if we really were going all "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry" in the theatre, I assure you that CP  would A. not be going through its current woes and B. The theatre would be in much better hands than it is currently in. I pray to whatever higher power that exists that your wake up call isnt the death of this theatre. The current people running it (whatever wonderful things they've done in the beginning) no longer deserve to have such a precious gem in their hands.

Samantha-Leah Shiff
Samantha-Leah Shiff

Uh... are you on crack??? Apparently so.... it is people like you whoare taking the arts and murdering them in cold blood. WAKE UP! We arenow in the 21st century. The art world is ruled by the young creatives.Last I checked, it was these young creatives who were willing tosupport the theatre, its events, and not only that, they would come tothe shows, spend their hard earned money, and enjoy the inspirationbeing placed before them. Rocky Horror is not a satanic ritual, it is acult classic film, (and I dont mean cult as in some Jonestown/Wacosatan worshiping Jesus bashing cult as I'm sure an ignoramus likeyourself would be lead to believe). Warhol had transvestites at hisfactory, its not like RHPS is Pornography... (then again to someonelike you with a bass ackwards mind... it would seem so). I'm assumingyou're in your "golden years" as they like to call it... but regardlessof how old you are its time to realize, the atomic bomb went off onyour idealized stepford world... New York is progressive, they love thecontroversial arts, pushing boundaries, Miami is progressive as well inthe same way... YOU ALL need to step up your game and stop degradingOUR art scene with trash and shutting out the young people. ITS THEYOUNG PEOPLE WHO ABSOLUTELY WILL BE TAKING OVER AFTER YOU'RE GONE. Youcan try to stop this "abomination" (as I would assume you  see it)but progressive change is coming, and if you dont go with the changes, Cinema ParadisoWILL die. The assumption that young artsy types have no appreciationfor classic film is ludicrous, your preconcieved notions are so INCREDIBLY WRONGabout the "filth" that came in to CP and supported the AuteurExplosions, Rocky/Repo, and other events deemed "unworthy of your time". ART IS PROGRESSIVE! get used to it, or lose everything you built. Take your choice, this isnt something you can win.  

KAY
KAY

yeah it will be up for sale soon enough....

Frank Wolf Connell
Frank Wolf Connell

you did great kid I'm sorry that a poor excuse for an artist screwed things up for you and I'm even more disappointed that the staff didn't have your back and go after the culprit

ARA
ARA

The Auteur Explosion started out as a co-venture between the Cinema and Dawn Dubriel to bring in new blood and give this place a pulse. The event was embraced by the community and supported by the then-management totally. Greg "cleaned house" and threw out everybody, to keep the venue "classy". You've got to be kidding me. This guy has his head up his butt, along with his syncopants. An art house theater without live art. The ghosts of the historic venue miss our energy....

KAY
KAY

The Auteur Explosion started out as a co-venture between the Cineam and Dawn Dubriel to bring in new blood and give this place a pulse. The event was embraced by the community and supported by the then-management totally. Greg "cleaned house" and threw out everybody, to keep the venue "classy". You've got to be kidding me. This guy has his head up his butt, along with his syncopants.

Martnbraun
Martnbraun

Im not talking about Rocky Horror. Rocky Horror is cool. I'm talking about actual sexual, "satanic" worshipping bullshit, that was being done after hours. Which is okay, if the people doing it didn't then go ahead and post picture of it on the internet for everybody to associate the theater with it.

Samantha-Leah Shiff
Samantha-Leah Shiff

p.s.  if we really were going all "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft andWizardry" in the theatre, I assure you that CP  would A. not be goingthrough its current woes and B. The theatre would be in much betterhands than it is currently in. I pray to whatever higher power thatexists that your wake up call isnt the death of this theatre. Thecurrent people running it (whatever wonderful things they've done inthe beginning) no longer deserve to have such a precious gem in theirhands.

NaMoDiCo
NaMoDiCo

So... I'm a Christian who is very much into and true to her beliefs.  Goes to church on Sunday.  Prays for people's souls.  Has a lot of friends of many different beliefs and backgrounds.  Those so called "satanic rituals" were a group of people playing games of pretend for the sake of entertainment.  I should know as I used to attend those game.  Heck, it is because of those games that I found my now husband, who is also Christian mind you.  Instead of finding out what was really going on, an assumption was made and, more importantly, a judgment was made, without all the facts.  Now if you are going to sit there and say that I am not Christian because I attended the game, and still do attend similar games, then your judgment of me is between you and God and I am more than sure that God knows my heart, not you.

Istalina
Istalina

You are full of nonsense! I have attended several events and know Wolf personally. I am also a Christian. I can personally assure you that I would never have stepped foot in the theatre or have been friends with some of the management/staff if there was even a hint of satanic worship allowed. A LARP is not a satanic cult. Get over your self-righteous bull!

Dammitman
Dammitman

I find it funny that someone thinks Rocky Horror is cool despite the rampant sex and Satanic Mechanics, but a game that allows you to socialize with friends and maybe even take a girl home to get laid is labeled as "satanic worshipping bullshit."

In the age of internet nothing and no one is safe from being posted. If someone takes a picture of their dog taking a dump and posts it on facebook but your house just happens to be in the frame there is nothing you can do about it.

Frank Wolf Connell
Frank Wolf Connell

What the hell are you talking about? There were some Photo shoots done at the theater and student films that were done there but I don't think they were Satanic I do believe they were for the Fetish Factory if I'm not mistaken.but Satanic Sex Acts Sounds like Something I'd be aware of happening and if there are pics I'd love to see them

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