CULTURE & COCKTAILS At The Colony Welcomes 200 to Conversation with Real Estate Developer/Filmmaker Charles S. Cohen

 The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County today announced that a sold-out crowd of 200 supporters attended this season’s third CULTURE & COCKTAILS conversation. It was held last night at The Colony Hotel Coral Ballroom, located at 155 Hammon Avenue in Palm Beach.

Dave Lawrence, Charles S. Cohen, Dr. David Breneman 

With the focus on Classic Film, Fine Wine & High End Design, the fascinating, often humorous conversation was with Charles S. Cohen, President/CEO of Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, which owns 12 million square feet of commercial real estate in Manhattan and design centers in NYC, Southern California, Houston and South Florida (DCOTA in Dania Beach). He also heads Cohen Media Group, which produces and distributes Oscar-winning films (Timbuktu, The Salesman).

During his interview with Dr. David Breneman, President & CEO of The Society of the Four Arts, Cohen discussed his various ventures including restoring the classic Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village and the world famous La Pagode cinema in Paris, and his ongoing efforts to replace the former Carefree Theatre in West Palm Beach with a multi-theatre mixed-use development. In 2016, he acquired Chateau de Chausse, a 135-acre vineyard and winery near St. Tropez, and last year was named Chairman of the Board of FIAF (French Institute Alliance Francaise), the leading French cultural center in the United States. Cohen’s most recent purchases include both Avenue Magazine and Landmark Theatres, an indie chain that specializes in foreign and independent films.

The final two CULTURE & COCKTAILS of this season will be:

+ March 11: A conversation between art collector Christine Aylward and Daphne Nikolopoulos, Author & Editor-in-Chief of Palm Beach Illustrated

April 8: A conversation between legendary broadcaster Dick Robinson and Rich & Jill Switzer,celebrated cabaret performers and co-hosts of The Morning Lounge on Legends 100.3 FM

CULTURE & COCKTAILS is generously sponsored by The Roe Green Foundation, Roe Green, Founder,also The Gardens Mall, Clo & Charles S. Cohen, First Republic Bank, the law firm of Haile, Shaw & Pfaffenberger, P.A., and Woolems Luxury Home Builders. Additional support for the series is provided by the Palm Beach Daily NewsLegends Radio, and PR-BS, a Boca-based public relations firm. 

Please Note:

Admission to each CULTURE & COCKTAILS event is $75 per person in advance and $85 at the door, and FREE for members of the Cultural Council ($250 level and above). All proceeds go to support the nonprofit Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. For membership information, please contact Debbie Calabria at 561.472.3330 or visit

Each event will run from 5 to 7 pm, with registration and cocktails from 5 to 5:45 pm, and the “Conversation” from 5:45 to 7 pm, including audience Q&A. The Colony will serve complimentary beverages and an array of specially prepared hors d’oeuvres before each CULTURE & COCKTAILS conversation.

People interested in attending CULTURE & COCKTAILS can RSVP before each event by calling the Cultural Council at (561) 472-3330.



Topics and speakers are subject to change depending upon the availability of scheduled participants.