The Lido Theatre was opened in 1938, and the first film it played was Bette Davis in "Jezebel". The reason for that was that Davis lived nearby in Corona Del Mar and traveled by the site daily. Upon stopping onsite, she told the owner "they had better open with my picture." And they did. The entire theatre has been restored, down to the tile work done in the 30's by an Italian family. The Lido features independent film, and has become a landmark for the independent and foreign genre. However, the Lido is only a block from the ocean, and surfers of all ages live in Newport Beach, so the Lido is also the surf film capital of Southern California, and runs a schedule of classic and new surf films.