The long history of this ornate theatre began in 1814, when a group of prominent citizens of the town decided to ask Cefalù’s municipal authority to provide a patch of land and obtained, in 1816, a small tract just outside the west walls of the city. Barely two years passed before the theatre, in the typical Italian horseshoe shape, was completed by the celebrated architect Antonio Caruso. During World World II it was the headquarters of the German troops, housing their command base for the area. Immediately following the war it began a renovation to meet the new needs of modern cinematography. In 1982 it was decided to dedicate the theatre to the Cefaludese violin maestro Salvatore Cicero, first violin of some of the most celebrated symphony orchestras of the 1960s and an excellent composer who had died prematurely. Six years later, under the direction of Giuseppe Tornatore, the theatre became a film set and images of its interior were beamed around the world with the film ‘Nuovo Cinema Paradiso’, which won the 1989 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.