The Corazon Cinema and Cafe

This spot is truly St. Augustine’s corazon, (translation: heart in Spanish). Here on 36 Granada Street, a special cinema and cafe opens at 11:30 a.m. for a tasty fare daily. Movies begin at 7 pm. and there are weekend matinees. For specifics or 904-679-5736.

Live music and special events are conducted weekly with an assortment of games and fun things for the customer to do. On the night of my visit the St. Augustine improv group had a 2 1/2 hour show of folly. Here are three of the group members revving up.

Away from the maddening crowd of St. Augustine proper this is a great place to grab a glass of wine or beer and relax. They have wonderful sandwiches named after entertainers. My favorite is the Paul McCartney, a Reuben your taste buds will savor.

Say hello while there to Carla, the owner extraordinaire, with her knowledge of film and food alike. She hosts the St. Augustine Film Festival in her theater which will occur January 14-21st. Both a must see and do.

St. Augustine Film Fest: 10th Anniversary

For the last 10 years St. Augustine has been having a film festival with each year growing more. Occurring in January it draws folks from Florida and beyond. Tickets are reasonable, and with the potential of seeing 3 to 4 films daily, this is a steal. For those interested in more fare there are also parties and sometimes film makers appear to answer questions regarding their films.

This year the Fest awarded Joe Pantoliano a Lifetime Achievement Award. Joe is a character actor who has graced the screen with over 100 credits from films such as Risky Business, (in his youth), to The Matrix, to From the Vine, the opening night film of the festival.

Post film Joe took audience questions with the snarky wit he is known for. One of his 4 daughters, Daniella Sheppard Pantoiliano, showed two of her shorts at the festival with dad in attendance. Proud papa, 🙂 .

What were my favorite films this year?

  • Saint Frances
  • Balloon
  • Love in Suspenders

Perhaps you can catch them on Netflix, but better yet put this Festival on the calendar for next year. And if cost is a factor, we are always looking for festival volunteers.

See you at the movies.