Sunday night is Oscar night, and if you prefer to get off the couch and attend an official watch party, then you are in luck thanks to the Miami Beach Cinematehque.
For the eighth consecutive year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected the MBC as host for an official Oscar viewing party. This Sunday it will be held at Smith & Wollensky located at 1 Washington Ave. on Miami Beach.
The event begins at 6 p.m. with a red carpet and silent auction hosted by diva extraordinaire Miss Elaine Lancaster. Guests will then watch the Oscars live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood starting at 8 p.m. Attendees will enjoy Smith & Wollensky’s signature three-course dinner with Director’s Cut Chardonnay and Diamond Collection Claret by Coppola Wines. Fans will also be treated to the Academy Awards show program booklet and be able to predict the night’s winners using a ballot system and become eligible to win prizes.
Tickets to the 2010 Oscar Night America Miami Beach are available for $150 or $125 for Miami Beach Film Society & Cinematheque and Miami International Film Festival members. (Visit www.MBCinema.com for tickets.) All proceeds will benefit the Cinematheque’s upcoming move to the newly renovated south side, bottom floor of Miami Beach’s historic City Hall this upcoming summer 2010.
The MBC is an all-digital screening room and photographic arts gallery currently located at 512 Española Way on Miami Beach with programming throughout the year including screenings of Oscar winning and nominated films in many categories.
“We are very excited about this move and upgrade. South Florida will soon have an amazing art cinema that will be the epicenter of film activity for not only all of the film festivals in the area, but for our own ongoing programming as well,” said MBC Founder and Executive Director Dana Keith.
“Our new home is going to retain the MBC signature style of intimacy and historic ambiance, where the experience of going to the cinema is an important as the films. We are thrilled to be able to work with the City of Miami Beach and to have the opportunity to make this beautiful historic building a showplace inside and out.”
MBC will expand its facilities to include a full photographic arts gallery space, a film museum and a café with a signature line of products to supplement its larger cinema screening room with stadium seating. In addition, the new cinematheque will boast the latest state-of-the-art high definition projection abilities in collaboration with digital partner, Emerging Pictures, and fiber optic 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound.
Acclaimed architect, Scott Weinkle, known for his international museum and gallery designs for such clients as the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center in Vilnius, Lithuania and Film Coop and Stendhal Gallery in New York City, is spearheading the architectural design of MBC’s new headquarters. Interior designer Jeffrey Barone of Bonafida Design has also signed on to become part of the project. Moreover, the MBC construction operation will be a "green project," led by “Green Team” Chairman, Jeffrey Barone, and aided by MBC partner ECOMB, the Environmental Coalition of Miami and the Beaches.
“This is a very exciting project for Miami Beach because it will be a pioneer in green initiatives in the commercial interior category, and potentially the first to qualify for the green accreditation standards. MBC will also be the first green cinema in the region,” says Gabriole Van Bryce, LEED AP professional and board member of ECOMB. “We see this as a wonderful opportunity for MBC to partner with green businesses in the community interested in donating green goods or services in exchange for formal recognition for this groundbreaking project.”
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