First built in 1926 as a church, Savor Cinema is a warm and inviting arthouse theater in Fort Lauderdale that seats about 220 people. The cinema is known for showcasing a diverse range of independent, foreign and documentary films, as well as hosting film festivals, special screenings and classical Candlelight concerts.
Located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, the arthouse theater is easily reachable by public transport. For one, the buses 1, 10, 101, and 30 all have routes that pass nearby, but the nearest bus stop is SW 6 St & Andrews Ave, which is only a two-minute walk to the cinema. In addition, the nearest ferry station is South Andrews Business District East. It’s a convenient 7 minute walk to the movie theater, however, should you prefer the train, you can take the BLFM line as well.
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about Savor Cinema
1. The cinema is located in a historic building, adding to its charm and character.
The building was constructed for a church then later became the Vinnette Carrol Playhouse. Most of its initial architectural feature still remain, particularly the beautiful stained glass windows from the last century. Additionally, its setting in downtown Fort Lauderdale provides a unique backdrop for film screenings, concerts and other events.
2. Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival programs screenings year-round and specific to the festival every November.
Savor Cinema is operated by the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting independent and international cinema. The cinema’s focus on art house and unique films aligns with FLIFF’s mission to support the film culture in the community.
3. The cinema boasts excellent acoustics and AV equipment.
Whether you want to screen your new film, catch an oldie, or host an event, Savor Cinema screens movies of various digital formats, using a NC900C DCI-certified Projector that features precise 2K DLP (2048 x 1080) resolution with 3D capabilities, an experience that is always enjoyable due to the space’s amazing acoustics. What’s more, they have 5.1 Dolby sound for movies and live performances, as well as other equipment to digitally record live events.
Savor Cinema is set to welcome new Candlelight concerts to its busy calendar. Classically trained musicians take iconic compositions from yesteryear and contemporary hits and reimagine them, all the while seated amid a sea of flickering candles. It’s a one-of-a-kind sensorial experience that blends the warm glow of candlelight, beloved tunes and sensational classical music. This season, you can rock out to the songs of Coldplay, boogie with ABBA’s greatest hits, experience hauntingly beautiful tributes to Halloween classics, and more!
What else can you do at Savor Cinema?
Besides hosting intimate concerts by candlelight, the movie theater is also a popular event venue due to its charming architecture and diverse spaces. Say you wish to plan a celebration or a cocktail party—the cinema’s Courtyard is spacious and boasts two outdoor bars, where you can sip on drinks, show off your new dance moves, or even hold a red carpet experience!
From screening independent films and arranging film festivals to hosting special events and Candlelight concerts, this arthouse cinema does it all! There are fewer plans as enchanting as sitting at the theater’s plush chairs and being transported to other worlds through music and film.