CINE REX

With help from private business, Havana’s old neon signs are flickering back. We’ll learn about the process and see works in progress.

The many lights in Havana’s past once earned it the nickname, “Broadway of the Carribean.” But in the decades since Cuba’s Revolution, those lights have burned out. Now, private enterprise is turning the lights back on – reflecting the growing impact non-state businesses are having on urban development.

Based in an old cinema from 1938, artist Kadir Lopez has been hard at work restoring dozens of signs on the hotels, theaters, and cabarets of Havana. We’ll tour the neon signs outside of Rex Cinema before getting an up-close look at Lopez’s latest work. Inside, we’ll enjoy a historical house cocktail, the “Havana Special,” and learn about the process of making and restoring neon signs.