Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, Alvin Sherman Family Stage
503 S.E. 6th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Cinema Paradiso is home to the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). The event is held once a year but screenings occur year round so local filmmakers can showcase their work and view local contemporaries in the race for the top prize. The venue itself is cozy with one theater in Hollywood and a second location in Fort Lauderdale. The latter’s decor matches the Florida lifestyle with a covered outdoor terrace for event screenings and an indoor movie theater for more traditional viewing. It’s a great place to meet South Florida’s indie scene.
90 N.W. 29th St.
Miami, FL 33127
Like Cinema Paradiso, O Cinema also has two locations (Miami Shores and Wynwood). Most prefer its Wynwood location because it’s in the middle of South Florida’s art district and so inconspicuous you might miss its graffiti-covered walls. But if you look carefully for the animated lady with the cartoon bubble that says, “O Cinema”, you’ll know you’ve arrived. Once inside, there are light concessions and a quaint theater that is a nice departure from overcrowded theaters. You can watch a Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) film, the latest independent Hollywood films and even have dinner with OMG Dinner and a Movie. The ongoing culinary event is held monthly and moviegoers should check the website for dates and showings.
Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
The newly renovated Miami Beach Cinematheque is an independent theater with style and enough artsy sophistication to lure in wanderers and art house hipsters alike. Nestled on the first floor of Historic City Hall in South Beach, this venue offers creative comforts for book junkies, movie buffs and coffeehouse connoisseurs. Its lobby and coffee shop are lined with stocked bookshelves and its theater is an inviting charcoal gray, which contrasts nicely with its clean, plush, red seats. Watch the latest film from Wes Anderson and other Hollywood independent directors or attend the MIFF and view competitive films. This is the one place where artsy and classy collide.
Coral Gables Art Cinema
260 Aragon Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Like O Cinema and the Miami Beach Cinematheque, the Coral Gables Art Cinema is a featured venue for MIFF festival films. The theater opened in 2010 and features first-run movies, independent favorites and black and white classics for the film buffs, in addition to screening world class plays. The venue itself is beautiful with its outdoor facade featuring two grandiose columns flanked by lighted palm trees and a covered patio for patrons to sip the wine or beer ordered from the on-site cafe. Inside, it’s just as beautiful with an art gallery and 141-stadium-seat theater. If you haven’t been, this is one venue that is impressive inside and out.
Bill Cosford Cinemas
5030 Brunson Drive, Memorial Building 227
Coral Gables, FL 33124
Film is an education and what better way to educate students than to have an independent cinema on campus? Bill Cosford Cinemas is located on the University of Miami campus and it runs Hollywood indie features, shorts and classic films, aptly titled Cosford Classics. The theater is open to students and non-students alike with tickets just under $10 and is a great place to meet South Florida’s up-and-coming filmmakers.
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