Movie Theaters in Miami: The Hidden Gems
Before #netflixandchill, movie aficionados had limited options, including VHS, DVDs, and Blue Ray. There was a strong need for home entertainment, people were tired of paying for overpriced popcorn and Twizzlers at big corporate franchised movie theaters. Who could blame them? Movie goers had to sacrifice the luxury of entertaining bae outside of the home, or a solo matinee during lunch break. It was the forethought of Miamis first residents that knew this would be a dilemma. Dating back to the mid 1920s, when Harlem was in vogue, Miami was building *whispers* movie theaters.
For an intimate, or a family movie adventure without breaking the bank, check out one of these movie theaters to get you started.
This theater group has 2 locations, Wynwood and North Beach. It specializes in first-run indie, family, art, and foreign films. It is run by a Founders Circle, and sponsors who believe that film should be accessible to everyone, and they do mean everyone. Senior citizens, children, families, and young adults are the core of their mission to showcase films that are rare, some classics, and a revolving line-up of indie projects. For screenings, and membership info, check them out at www.o-cinema.org
O Cinema - North Beach
500 71st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
O Cinema – Wynwood
90 NW 29th Street
Miami Beach, FL
Originally opened in 1926, Tower Theater was one of its kind showcasing American films. It was closed in 1984, but later re-opened under the guidance of Miami Dade College. With that much history, it’s no wonder this theater is a historic landmark. Right in the Little Havana neighborhood, this theater has now become a staple in providing artistic, and cultural films and exhibitions to the public. For events, and membership information, visit towertheatermiami.com.
1508 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33135
Miami Beach Cinematheque
Home of the Miami Beach Film Society, Miami Beach Cinematheque is a screening room, library, café, and gallery. Its main focus is to provide a film experience on the other side of the spectrum from commercial theaters. This theater is located at the South Beach City Hall Building. The Miami Beach Cinematheque was founded and directed by Dana Keith, a film connoisseur, with the help of a Board of Directors, Founders Circle, staff and volunteers. Please visit www.mbcinema.com for more information.
1130 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Bill Cosford Cinema
Re-named in 1994, in memoriam, for Bill Cosford, a respected film critic of the Miami Herald, and a professor of cinema at the University of Miami, Cosford Cinema is holding true to its origins. Its is a single 70 square feet screen that displays films in both HD and 35mm. Its screenings include lectures with guest scholars, film festivals, and special lecture series. It’s at the University of Miami, so if you happen to know anyone there, or are in the area stop by www.cosfordcinema.com for more info.
5030 Brunson Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Coral Gables Art Cinema
This is one of the newest art houses around. It was just built in 2010. It is the partnership brainchild of Coral Gables Art Cinema, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) and the City of Coral Gables who owns the building. Films at this theater are first-run independent and regional documentaries, international, and classic films. They also host film festivals at this state-of-the-art facility and pride themselves on offering a diverse collection of media. Simply click www.gablescinema.com to find out more.
260 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134
So, skip the long lines, ladies and gentlemen, for the latest release at the commercial theaters and try a quainter experience with one of these hidden gems. Its perfect for a before dinner date, at least you will have something to talk about at the table, or you can take your family if they are screening something for the kids, even the grandparents if they are screening one of the classics.
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Soe Rei, a Chicago native, has been on the go in Miami for the past 5 years. He can be seen at various events throughout the city that focus on art and culture, documenting them with his smartphone. He is always ready, and enjoys, on the spot interviews to bring awareness to musicians, artist, businesses, etc. that need a good plug. In his spare time, Soe enjoys taking care of his three dogs, red-eared slider turtle, and working in the food and beverage industry. His current projects include starting a Youtube channel, Biscuit Bar TV, where he focuses on D.I.Y projects and treats for dogs, and craft cocktails.