The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival


Catch Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1988 award-winning Italian classic, CINEMA PARADISO, on the big screen at The Frida Cinema!

Saturday, April 24th – 2:30pm
Saturday, April 24th – 7:30pm



In post-World War II Sicily, at the small village of Giancaldo, the fatherless eight-year-old boy, Salvatore “Totò” Di Vita, befriends Alfredo, the grizzled projectionist of the local Cinema Paradiso, and gains a mentor, and the father he never had. As the wide-eyed boy becomes enchanted by the dazzling world of the movies, growing up with the everlasting characters of Akira Kurosawa, Jean Renoir, John Wayne, Charles Chaplin, and everything in between, his vivid dreams start taking shape, even though the village priest, Father Adelfio, never misses an opportunity to censor films. But, after thirty long years of absence, the death of a dear one forces silver-haired Salvatore, now a prominent film director, to reconnect with his old hometown, and his faded, celluloid-scented childhood memories. Can he remember the taste of youth’s first kiss?

Academy Award Winner 1990 – Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globe Award Winner 1990 – Best Foreign Language Film


We’ve missed you! After thirteen months, The Frida Cinema’s doors are finally reopening! With adherence to local, state, and federal guidelines, as well as the National Association of Theatre Owners’ recommend CinemaSafe policies, we look forward to welcoming you back to the movies!

Screening will take place at The Frida Cinema, located at 305 E. 4th Street STE 100, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Optimal parking in the four-story parking structure located behind The Frida Cinema, accessible off Spurgeon St. between 4th and 5th Street. Please note that The Frida Cinema will be following local, state, and federal precautionary guidelines as relate to COVID-19 , as well as The National Association of Theatre Owners’ CinemaSafe guidelines, which are recommendations of health experts to address the specific environment of movie theaters addressing elements such as air filtration and capacity restrictions. All guests must wear masks in our facility, including inside the auditoriums when not ingesting food or drinks. Temperature checks will be conducted at the door, and all patrons with a fever of over 100.3F will not be admitted entry. Learn more at Learn more at