“They came over and asked if I would put a projector in my bedroom. I said,
‘If it’s good for the neighborhood, fine, go ahead.’ Anything you can do for the neighborhood, you do.”
~ John Pente, 1910 – 2010, a Little Italy resident for 100 years
This mural on Pratt & High Streets, sponsored by Peroni Beer, is a tribute to the neighborhood's Film Festival and is the work of artist Marshall Adams. It includes an inset honoring the late "Mr. John" Pente and his dog, Gina, the resident who wholeheartedly supported the showing of Film Fest movies from the third floor bedroom window of his home.
Bring a chair or blanket and the family for Little Italy's biggest annual event - OPEN AIR FILM FEST every summer!
One of Little Italy’s most popular events, sponsored by Original Little Italy Restaurant Association, the Open Air Film Fest has thrived since 1999. Movies are projected onto a wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant in the Da Mimmo Ristorante parking lot from a row home across the street. Movie goers arrive early to set up lawn chairs, listen to live music, stroll the neighborhood and eat at one of Little Italy's many restaurants. The late "Mr. John" Pente wholeheartedly supported the Film Fest for the last 11 years of his life; he died at age 100 after living in The Neighborhood for that long. Mr. John had allowed the movie projector to be set up in his third floor bedroom to project to the big screen across the street. His nephew, the late Ray Lancelotta, had purchased the house and the Film Fest continued. After his death in 2014, Ray's children have also allowed the movies to continue.