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O Cinema theater in Wynwood. Photo from www.localwiki.org

O Cinema theater in Wynwood. Photo from http://www.localwiki.org

Miami is a surprising city, where a 45-floor modern building can rise next to an old church or an abandoned warehouse, where a luxury store can stand next to a small neglected house from the thirties and where big chain retailers are neighbors to independent movie theaters. I love art movie theaters. Besides mostly featuring independent American and foreign movies, which can be refreshing once you have seen three blockbusters in a month, they somehow find a way to draw people away from their home or device screens, enhance a sense of community or revitalize some areas. Also, their architecture and their selection of quality movies and events definitely bring character to a few areas such as Tower Theater in Little Havana, or Coral Gables Art Cinema in Coral Gables, sitting across the street from independent bookseller Books & Books. Miami gathers an incredible choice of  independent movie theaters which aim at showing quality movies for adults and families that are not easily accessible in regular theaters and appeal to the multi-faceted demographics of South Florida.

Miami Beach Cinematheque. Photo from www.clandestinenola.com

Miami Beach Cinematheque. Photo from http://www.clandestinenola.com

O Cinema was created thanks to a matching grant from the Knight Foundation and now offers three venues : Wynwood, Miami Shores and Miami Beach ( on 71st Street ). The Miami Beach Cinematheque sits in a beautiful Art Deco building which used to be where the City of Miami Beach was. Bill Cosford Cinema may actually be the exception in regards to its architecture as it is located in a quite insignificant building at the University of Miami, in the Coral Gables campus. Miami-based Ana and Hans Morgenstern have an inspiring blog, www. indieethos.wordpress.com that offers reviews about movies which are mostly screened in these small theaters. This is also where most of Miami film festivals take place, such as the Miami Jewish Film Festival ( January 15-29,2015 ), the Miami International Film Festival ( March 6-15, 2015 ) and the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival ( April 24-May 3, 2015 ). Purchase your tickets for the upcoming Miami Jewish Film Festival as tickets often sell out long before the end of the current year. Happy holidays to all !

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