A small auditorium set back on Washington Avenue in the heart of the South Beach Art Deco District, the Miami Beach Cinematheque is a local gem for all art lovers. Overstuffed bright red seats face a cutting edge HD screen that showcases arthouse films in one of the city’s best-preserved Art Deco buildings. The theater’s living room decor—couch, bookshelves, and coffee table—add a sense of home as well. This intimate effect is part of the institute’s approach to South Beach culture and viewer experience.

As the home of the Miami Beach Film Society and headquarters for the Miami Beach International Film Festival, the Miami Beach Cinematheque is built around high brow cinema. This is not the place to see $100 billion summer blockbusters where super heroes rip each arms off and destroy buildings for hours on end. It’s the sort of spot where you see that new indie from Sundance Film Festival that has everyone raving, or an international film from avant garde Argentine or Dutch director.

Set in the Art Deco former city hall of Miami Beach, the Cinematheque has brought new life to one of the city’s finest buildings. A nostalgic art gallery in the lobby adds local color with old paintings of Betty Paige and vingtage movie posters lining the walls. A lovely in-house cafe serves up java, cookies, and an array of other sumptuous treats.

An excellent South Beach destination year-round, the Miami Beach Cinematheque also puts on an array of events and festivals. In March, it hosts screenings during the the Miami International Film Festival, and in June, it participates in Miami Film Month, providing discounted tickets for viewers all month long.

Be sure to swing by the Miami Beach Cinematheque during your stay with the Blue Moon Hotel to see what’s playing.

Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach 33119