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The Coral Gables Art Cinema

Blocks away from what use to be the Miracle Mile Theatre lies an oasis of indie cinema, prestigious classics, and burgeoning foreign films. This oasis remains untainted from corporatized Hollywood blockbusters regurgitated at a dime a dozen and in turn boasts an organic environment that nurtures the Miami film community. The non-profit Coral Gables Art Cinema features only one screen and frequently screens movies at midnight. Although this may appear as a deterrent for those unfamiliar with the culture within the building, frequent visitors are fully aware that the selectiveness of the theatre is essentially a commodity as valued as the film itself, as its acuteness morphs the audience into a homogenous mass intertwined by a threading of mutual appreciation. With only one screen, the Cinema is able to maximize all aspects of the theatre to ensure premier customer service and satisfaction. A gourmet cafe, providing its patrons with wine and beer, redefines the notion of typical movie theatre snacks. Despite the aforementioned merits, what truly qualifies the Coral Gables Art Cinema as one of the most notable theaters in Miami is its ability to present films in “glorious 70 mm film” a slogan that was used to promote Tarantino’s film The Hateful Eight. Donated by the theaters original founder, the dual 35/70mm projector was enacted in the theatre for the sole purpose of continuing the trend of providing their audience with the best picture and sound quality as possible. The ability to project films on 35 and 70mm film is a “pillar of our mission,” said Brenda Moe, the administrative director of the theatre. “Not only do these film formats provide higher fidelity, they keep a link to the past alive. In a world where watching films on devices like tablets and phones is the norm, we believe it’s imperative that we show the value of the theatrical experience in all forms.” Widely used during the 60’s and 70’s, 70mm film supplied audiences with an unparalleled viewing experience that featured expansive movie screens and breathtaking wide projections. Despite falling out of fashion after the 80’s, the film print has made a triumphant come back in the early aughts, with films (that could afford it, that is) featuring certain scenes shot in 70mm film. With rapidly growing film technology and a reciprocated increase in box office fertility, filmmakers have jumped at the chance to film their movies entirely in 70mm, a prestigious honor that has only been given to few filmmakers in the last 30 years. As more films implement the magnificent wide resolution film gauge, theatres that are ill-equipped to screen these films will have to resort to a cropped version of the movie, a travesty that the Art Cinema will be ale to avoid. The Coral Gables Art Cinema has previously screened Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm and look forward to display Hitchcock’s psychedelic masterpiece Vertigo in August. In the meantime, the theatre will continue to unite film fans of all demographics with a lineup that stretches from pop culture landmarks like Mean Girls and Back to the Future to American classics like Taxi Driver. The theatre is located at 260 Aragon Avenue and is currently screening Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, a new film that has garnered significant traction after achieving a few Oscar nominations.

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