Annual John Barrymore Birthday Fundraiser to Benefit Fort Lee High School Drama Department and The Student Actors of Fort Lee



The late, great actor John Barrymore made his stage debut as an 18-year-old Fort Lee resident in 1900.  As is Fort Lee tradition, the birthday of this legend will be remembered, and celebrated, on February 15th.

Under the auspices of The Fort Lee Film Commission, the annual John Barrymore Birthday Fundraiser will be held at the Santorini Taverna Restaurant on Central Road in Fort Lee. Before the festivities begin, a wreath laying ceremony will take place at John Barrymore Way on Main Street and Central Road at 6:00pm, then on to the restaurant for a buffet dinner with soft drinks (cash bar).

This years event includes a sneak preview of the new Fort Lee Film Commission documentary about Fort Lee film history – The Champion: A Story of America’s First Film Town.  This documentary tells the story of Champion Studio, the first home to Universal Studio. Built in 1910 it stood just across the Fort Lee border into Englewood Cliffs.  Despite heroic efforts of the Fort Lee Film Commission to preserve this historic site, it was razed in 2013.

This evening of history is sure to sell out quickly; tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and are limited to only 50. The cost is $30.00 per person, with checks payable to the Fort Lee Film Commission. All proceeds are earmarked for the drama department at Fort Lee High School. Reservations can be made by calling the Film Commission at 201- 693-2763, or via email at

Annual John Barrymore Birthday Fundraiser

February 15, 2015

Santorini Taverna Restaurant

2020 Central Road

Fort Lee, NJ 07024

(201) 947-2055


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