There is a rich film culture in Miami beach, so travelers can find everything from the box office chart toppers to the most off the beaten path indies and foreign gems. Here are some places you need to check out:
This hip spot located in Miami Beach’s Art Deco District is the home of the Miami Beach Film Society. Housed in the historic City Hall, the Miami Beach Cinematheque only puts on the most highly rated indie films, around four each month. The nearly 90 year old building also houses a cafe with Nespresso and high-end snacks, a bookstore, a gallery with all sorts of neat film relics, and its cozy screening room with just 50 seats.
Every Wednesday at 8pm, you can head over to the New World Center, home of the New World Symphony, where movies screen on the 7,000 square-foot projection wall outside. Sit in the grass under the stars and watch pictures new and old. Recent screenings include from Ant-Man to Forrest Gump. The New World Symphony also puts on WALLCAST concerts that allow you to experience selected orchestral events simulcast throughout the season. Screenings go rain or shine and are free to the public!
This charming cinema in North Beach started playing movies back in 1968. Its doors shut in the late 90s, but the theater was revamped with state of the art surround sound and digital projection to reopen in late 2014.
O Cinema is now focused on presenting foreign, art, and independent films. You can also see classic favorites like the Rocky Horror Picture Show as well as hand-picked new releases like Havana Motor Club. In addition, the theater has an art exhibition; right now it is Traveling to Cuba? which is a project by Rosa Naday Garmendia where she designed by postcards imagined to be written by people living in Cuba to their families here in the United States. Future visitors should also look out for the Performance On Screen program, where the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet will be simulcast on screen directly from Covent Garden in London. All events are listed on the website.
The Wolfsonian, Miami Beach’s iconic historical library, museum, and exhibition space periodically puts on film series in which a number of movies are played weekly with a recurring theme. Past series have focused on movies surrounding topics such as the soldier’s’ condition and the tragedy, horror, and comedy of WWI. Another was the “Leading Ladies” series, chronicling life of women in America with films starring women from 1940 to 1980. All screenings in the 110 seat auditorium are free of charge.
The Regal South Beach on Lincoln Road is the place to go to see all the current box office hits with eighteen theaters and an IMAX 3D auditorium. Some theaters even have full, king size Lazy-Boy style recliner seats with padded footrests! So, grab your popcorn, Coke Icee, and some Raisinettes to enjoy a classic movie going experience.
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