The Classic Gateway Theatre, closed for more than a year due to COVID, is expected to reopen soon under the management of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). The festival signed the lease agreement late last month and immediately set out cleaning the historic 70-year-old movie house.

The Sunrise Boulevard theater hosted the 1960 premiere of “Where the Boys Are” and, in later years, featured art films and was a regular venue for FLIFF and the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

In an interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, longtime FLIFF President Gregory von Hausch said the four-screen, 690-seat building would be cleaned up and updated for reopening on Memorial Day weekend.

“We have quite a bit of work to do on the building to bring it into the 21st century,” he told the Sun Sentinel. “We want to keep that retro spirit but we wouldn’t mind polishing the funkiness a little bit.”

The Classic Gateway will feature a mix of commercial and independent films. FLIFF will also continue to operate the Savor Cinema south of downtown Fort Lauderdale and Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood.

For more information, go to FLIFF.com.

Magic Manufactured at Wilton Theater Factory

Ronnie Larsen continues to mix up the programming at the Foundry at Wilton Theater Factory, 2306 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. In addition to LGBT-themed theater and the hilariously raunchy Penis Talk Show, Larsen’s nonprofit production company, Plays of Wilton, is bringing magic to the intimate venue. On Friday, May 14 at 8 p.m., Larsen presents Magic Jack, a young magician who remains completely clothed during the act, but reveals an uplifting personal story while performing astounding illusions.

“I saw him perform a few weeks ago and he blew me away. I couldn’t stop thinking about him. He's brilliant. He put a kiwi fruit on my table … then, he had me write my name on a dollar bill. Then he cut open the kiwi fruit and my bill was inside the fruit. Seriously! He's amazing. And so funny and charming,” Larsen promised.

Tickets start at $30 at RonnieLarsen.com.

South Florida Symphony Announces 2021-22 Season

The South Florida Symphony will perform at the newly renovated and expanded Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, in addition to venues in Key West and Miami Beach, when live concerts resume next fall.

Artistic Director Sebrina María Alfonso and President Jacqueline Lorber announced the five-concert classics season on the symphony’s website:

Masterworks I, Nov. 17 – 20, will feature the return on violinist Lara St. John in a program of works by Piazzolla, Bach and Strauss. The symphony and chorus, along with bass Neil Nelson, will sing in the holidays with Masterworks II: Handel’s “Messiah,” Dec. 1 – 2. Masterworks III will include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique,” and the world premiere of composer-in-residence John Gottsch’s “Princess Yurievskaya.” Pianists Catherine Lan and Tao Lin will perform Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat Major, along with Beethoven’s epic “Eroica” Symphony on Masterworks IV, March 23 – 26. The season concludes with Masterworks V: Beethoven/Copland/Kodály with clarinetist David Shifrin booked for Copland’s Concerto.

Season subscriptions are available. For tickets and more information, go to SouthFloridaSymphony.org.