Oh My Stars! Taking a cue from the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s permanent stars, Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) has installed over 100 temporary stars along Coronado’s Main Street – Orange Avenue – from the Coronado Public Library (600 block) to the Hotel del Coronado (1500 block). You’ll see Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Billy Wilder’s stars on the Hotel del Coronado block, where they all gathered to film Some Like It Hot 60 years ago!
CIFF designed stars that each bear the name of a film celebrity who has been to Coronado – John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Diane Keaton and Charlie Chaplain were all here! And Tom Cruise is here this week!
Filmmaking in Coronado dates back 130 years. Filmmakers were drawn to Coronado for its mild year-round climate, the beachfront Hotel del Coronado and the ability to film naval operations and naval aviation at North Island Naval Air Station. The new annual Coronado Walk of Fame leads up to the Coronado Island Film Festival (Nov. 9 – 12) and helps residents and visitors become more aware of this rich history. All passersby are encouraged to take “selfies” with their favorite stars!
The stars are 36 inches wide and are a textured and scuff resistant self-adhesive material. CIFF volunteers will remove the stars at the conclusion of the Coronado Island Film Festival, on the evening of Nov. 12.
About the Coronado Island Film Festival: This year’s third annual Coronado Island Film Festival will feature 95 movies, plus panels, live performances, parties, educational workshops, culinary cinema and an awards program. Highlights include the showing of five pre-release studio films: Green Book, The Favourite, Widows, Roma and Studio 54. Also, this year the festival celebrates the 60th anniversary of Some Like It Hot, with a screening of the classic comedy (ranked #1 by the American Film Institute) on the beach where it was filmed in 1958. Jack Lemmon’s son, actor Chris Lemmon and Festival Host and Honorary Jury President, the legendary movie critic, author and film historian Leonard Maltin will introduce.
Festival passes are still available; purchase at www.coronadoislandfilmfestival.com.