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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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