PBI Awards: Best Hidden Gem

Best Hidden Gem

Lake Worth is full of hidden gems: Boutique restaurants, eclectic shops and cooler-than-cool hangouts dot the city’s downtown streets. But the area’s best-kept secret is nestled next to one of its biggest attractions. The Stonzek Theatre, an offshoot of the Lake Worth Playhouse, sits adjacent to its parent organization on Lake Avenue. A hole-in-the-wall black box, The Stonzek opened in 1995 to present an ongoing cinematic installation of indie-art flicks, foreign-language films and documentaries. Since then, it has become the home of critically acclaimed yet below-the-radar cinema and a beloved partner of the Palm Beach International Film Festival. It has also expanded its mission to include live theater as part of the Playhouse’s Black Box Series, which produces works suited for the intimate atmosphere.

Ida - indie and foreign films at the Stonzek Theatre at Lake Worth Playhouse Chinese Puzzle - indie and foreign films at the Stonzek Theatre at Lake Worth Playhouse Before You Know It - indie and foreign films at the Stonzek Theatre at Lake Worth Playhouse

   This year, The Stonzek produced one-act plays by Woody Allen and Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated 4,000 Miles. In the coming season, The Stonzek will add a new cabaret series to the mix and continue to present nearly daily film showings on its 70-square-foot screen. Can you say, “Pass the popcorn”? 


Coming Attractions

This month, The Stonzek hosts two events in addition to its reel of art flicks:

  • September 12-14 and 19-21: The Black Box Series kicks off the 2014-15 season with Search and Destroy by Howard Korder.
  • September 26-28: The Stonzek’s annual L-Dub Film Festival, now in its fifth year, includes film screenings from up-and-coming auteurs as well as creative and industry workshops.


Woody Allen - Central Park West - Teh Black Box Series at the Stonzek Theatre at Lake Worth playhouse
This season, the Black Box Series included Woody Allen’s Central Park West (above) and Amy Herzog’s 4,000 Miles.
Amy Herzog - 4,000 Miles - The Black Box Series - The Stonzek Theatre at Lake Worth Playhouse



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