The Stars Shine on Coronado Walk of Fame

On November 2, leading up to the Coronado Island Film Festival Nov. 8-11, dozens of volunteers will be placing 200 stars with the names of film industry luminaries along the Coronado Walk of Fame on Orange Avenue. CIFF designed the stars with the names of actors and filmmakers who are connected to Coronado Island through visits or film production. 

CIFF Walk of FameOne of the most well-known movies filmed on the island is Some Like it Hot at the Hotel del Coronado. The Coronado Walk of Fame will include the film’s stars Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis plus director Billy Wilder. 

Filmmaking in Coronado dates back more than 100 years. The big draw – Coronado’s mild climate, the beachfront Hotel del Coronado and the ability to film naval operations and aviation at North Island Naval Air Station, which was most recently the location for Top Gun 2, starring Tom Cruise, expected to open in theaters in 2020. The Coronado Walk of Fame is building awareness of the area’s rich film history. 

CIFF volunteers will remove the stars at the end of the film festival on Nov. 11.

CIFF passes are available for the 4-day festival at



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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: