Miami’s continued growth into a cultural city known for art, fashion and leisure consequently raises the demand for the city’s independent cinema’s. Rainy days in particular call for mind-expanding films, popcorn and Perrier… Regal blockbusters don’t always do the trick. Here are 6 of Miami’s Independent movie theaters worth checking out.
1 – O Cinema Miami Beach | 500 71st St, Miami Beach | (786)207-1919
O Cinema in Miami Beach recently opened in 2014 as O Cinema’s third location. The space was previously the Byron-Carlisle Theatre. The decor is retro, and the venue offers free parking. There are several restaurants in walking distance, so it is ideal for a date night or night out with friends.
2 – Tower Theater Miami | 1508 SW 8th Street | (305)237-2463
Located on Calle Ocho, Tower Theater feels like it is located in the heart of a piazza in Havana. Before or after the movie, you can watch the men play dominos in the park, grab a drink at Ball and Chain, or an ice cream from Azucar Ice Cream Company. The theater is managed by Miami Dade College, and offers two screening rooms with stadium style seating.
3 – Cosford Cinema | 5030 Brunson Dr. Memorial Building 227 Coral Gables | (305)284-4627
Located in the University of Miami and part of the university’s school of communication, the theater showcases independent movies as well as film related events throughout the year. The location also provides 3D when applicable.
4 – O Cinema Miami Shores | 9806 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores | (786)565-FILM
As South Florida’s largest independent movie theater, O Cinema Miami Shores offers 5.1 surround sound and listening devices for the hearing impaired. Refreshments include beer and wine, as well as vegan options. This retro venue also hosts theatrical performances and can be rented for events.
5 – Miami Beach Cinematheque | 1130 Washington Ave. South Beach | (305)673-4567
This venue is the headquarters of the Miami Beach Film Society. In an effort the preserve the art deco district, this space is the alternative to the mainstream Regal theater on Lincoln Rd. Viewing space is intimate, and provides a unique experience.
6 – O Cinema Wynwood |
Unique and intimate, O Cinema Wynwood continues the indie culture of the neighborhoods surroundings. Movie-goers are eclectic, and the refreshments area has a comforting “mom-and-pop” feel. Rooms within the cinema showcase local art, and patrons are even invited to add their own with chalk on blackboard paint. This is truly a creative space.
All theaters offer online ticketing to save time, some through Fandango. When people ask “How can you live in Miami full time?” – Independent culture isn’t as prevalent as in Miami in contrast to cities such as NY, LA or San Francisco, but dig a little deeper and you will find the unique character that everyone is established cities are accustomed.