If you prefer Japan’s Tasogare Seibei (The Twilight Samurai) over Twilight, indie films over big blockbuster hits, then the new art house film theater, Coral Gables Art Cinema, may just be for you.
Coral Gables’s new two-story cultural hub at 260 Aragon Ave is a discerning film junkie’s dreams come true as well as the city’s first movie theater in about a decade. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and Coral Gables Art Cinema director Robert Rosenberg hopes to bring filmmakers to the Gables’ theater and host panel discussions on films.
Movies you won’t find in other area theaters, including many independent films, classic movies, and international titles, you’ll be sure to catch on the screen in the 144-stadium seat cinema. The theater will officially open Oct. 15 with Freakonomics, a documentary based on the bestselling book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, which will run for two weeks. Opening night is a special fundraising event for the cinema, with tickets for the screening at $100. Otherwise tickets are normally $10 and under with showings seven days a week.
The second floor will house an art gallery and exhibit about film history. The theater café will sell the typical concession favorites—popcorn, candy, and soda—as well as salads, brownies, and sushi. And to complete your movie-going experience, the cinema is planning to get a beer and wine license.