5 exciting independent cinemas in Miami

1) O Cinema

If you’re craving an independent film, art flick, an international film, or a screening of a classic, then O is it. With three locations in the region and special pairings throughout the year with other cultural programs.

mural painting at O Cinema Miami

90 NW 29th Street, Wynwood

+1 305 571 9970


2) Miami Beach Cinematheque

Housed in a restored City Hall, built by Carl Fisher in 1927, this Art Deco cinema is the command center for the Miami Beach International Film Festival, run by the Miami Beach Film Society. There’s also a cafe, where you can nibble and read the book you just purchased from the on-site bookstore.

red theatre seats at the Miami Beach Cinematheque

At: Historic City Hall, South Side G/F, 1130 Washington Avenue, South Beach

+1 305 673 4567


3) Coral Gables Art Cinema

This large, modern theater is a collaboration between the City of Coral Gables (which owns the building) and the nonprofit Coral Gables Cinematique. One of the more comfy spots to see first-run, independent features and documentaries, international films and classics. It also shows the Annual Miami International Children’s Film Festival.

entrance of the Coral Gables Art Cinema

260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

+1 786 385 9689


4) MDC's Tower Theater

The Tower debuted as an English-language cinema in 1926, but switched to Spanish when Cuban exilios arrived. It got a new lease on cultural life in 2002 when Miami Dade College revitalized it. Now it screens both Spanish-language and English-language films, subtitled in Spanish. It also sponsors lectures, performances and exhibits.

big street sign of the MDC's Tower theatre

1508 SW 8th Street, Little Havana

+1 305 237 2463


5) The Bill Cosford Cinema

Serving both the university and the greater population for more than 60 years, this cinema shows a variety of formats, from 35 mm to high-definition digital. Both an educational experience and an art facility, it brings in actors and directors like Jon Landis and Kevin Spacey for interactive lectures, and runs the Canes Film Festival.

people seated at the Bill Cosford Cinema

At: University of Miami School of Communication, 5030 Brunson Drive, Memorial Building 227, Coral Gables

+1 305 284 4627 (box office) // +1 305 284 9838 (showtimes)


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