Millennium Club

About The Millennium Club

Founded in 2006 by Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival member, John Mager, TMC seeks donors ready, willing and able to contribute funds to improve the physical structure, comforts and aesthetics of Cinema Paradiso.  Each member, upon joining, contributes $1000 to the Cinema. 

Elliot Cantor*
Cynthia & Dane Hancock*
John & Pam Mager***
John & Sally Boisseau*
Janet Schwartz*
Tom & Maryrose Mullane**
Dr Jules Oaklander
Coni & Milan Uselac*
Pat & Sandy McCallum*
Steven & Kim Naimoli*
Loyce I. Grigsby
Estelle Fineberg*
Betsy Cameron & Barry Smith*
Beatriz & Al Miniaci**
Lynn Taylor & Glenn Friedt**
Diane Sobo*
Brian & Susan Brown*
Teri & Brian Pattullo*
Richard & Mimi Friedman*
Comerica Bank***
Jerry & Nicole Gray*
Mae Silver
Mark Wilton*
Dr Daryl Miller*
Michael & Cherene Deem*
Eileen Schneider*

Each member commits $1000.  The stars indicate addition $1,000 gifts.
In 1998, Broward County made an important decision.  The Vinnette Carroll Theatre had been virtually unused since 1986.  The County along with the State, corporate and private donors had invested over $300,000 in a facility that after just twelve years was in extremely poor condition.  The County came to the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival with a plan of how the theatre could be co-leased to FLIFF and The Vinnette Carroll Theatre Company.  FLIFF would take on a day to day role and provide three 3 week periods to VCT each year for productions. 
FLIFF agreed and signed a fifty year lease with the County.  It soon became clear that VCT could not program the three week periods and by 2002, following the passing of Ms. Carroll, FLIFF was the sole caretaker of the property.
From 1998 - 2005, FLIFF raised $450,000 to bring the facility up to code compliance, install new seating, electrical, plumbing and HVAC.
Although a new roof has been added, the exterior has virtually been left as it was since FLIFF took occupancy.
Originally built in 1905 as the First Methodist Church of Fort Lauderdale, the building was completely destroyed by the Hurricane of 1926.  A new structure was built in 1927 and took on many additions over the next 20 years.  By 1947, the structure was complete.
In the 1960, the parishioners moved to a different location and eventually the County took possession of the building.  It became a depot for court documents and eventually laid dormant until 1986 and its transformation into a live performing arts theatre.
In return for your generous donation, you will receive:

  • Your name on a bronze plaque permanently attached to the exterior of the building.
  • Your name annually featured in the Film Festival catalog.

Claudette Moritz