Movie watchers who are tired of packed movie theaters playing the latest zombie-turned-romantic-comedy films may not know that a breath of fresh air is right around the corner. There are a few places that offer independent films fresh off the plates of film festival critics.
The Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami
5030 Brunson Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33124
The Cosford Cinema is a non-profit theater located on UM’s campus. However, it’s not only for university students. Crowds of all ages fill the single screen cinema to enjoy a vast variety of films ranging from independent films to educational lecture series. Every weekend there are new movies to enjoy. This is ideal for a movie addict who is thirsty for a taste of something new and refreshing. There are several special events throughout the year to satisfy individuals of many different tastes, some focusing on specific movie genres or international film. Heads up, make sure you eat before the movie, there is no concession stand, but there is a vending machine conveniently located outside in case of an emergency hunger crisis. A second word of advice would be to arrive early to have enough time to park and find the cinema (it’s not too easy if you’re not familiar with the campus).
The Coral Gables Art Cinema
260 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
The Coral Gables Art Cinema is ideal for a movie-goer who is looking for an upscale experience. Located right in front of Books & Books (and conveniently next to an affordable parking garage), the cinema is an extremely short walk away from the lovely Miracle Mile. Plus, films are shown daily, so dinner and a movie is most definitely possibly any day of the week. The venue is small and quaint, with a covered outdoor seating area and a recently renovated concession stand that sells the classic popcorn and sweet treats, but also serves wine and beer for patrons over 21. Although there is only one screen, there is ample, comfortable seating. The Gables Art Cinema even has a membership program that has numerous benefits such as members only private events, and it also helps keep the non-profit theater running.
O Cinema Wynwood
90 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127
A unique movie-watching experience is found at O Cinema Wynwood. Similar to the Gables Art Cinema and the Cosford, O Cinema has a single screen theater. The most interesting difference is the location. O Cinema is located a few blocks away from the famous Wynwood Walls, which is awesome, especially for those who would want to spend the day immersed in art. Upon entering, you are greeted by the concession stand, which is home to some of the most interesting and delicious home-made cookies that look too good to resist. Inside, there is a gift shop with pleasantly eccentric movie-themed novelties. The theater itself is very cozy and intimate. It has a DIY feel to it, which is what distinguishes it from others. O Cinema is a very enjoyable place to view independent films. If you have plans to do a Wynwood Art-Walk/O Cinema double feature, I highly recommend getting there early, because parking is not too easy to come by in the middle of one of Miami’s biggest monthly art events. Once parking is out of the way, it’s smooth sailing and happy trails.
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