Miami has more independent movie theaters than most big cities. Find them here.

O Cinema on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

Not every city has a place where you can catch screenings of foreign films, 35-mm throwback classics, independent sleeper hits, experimental films from up-and-coming filmmakers and film festivals that bring stars and celebrated directors together. Miami has almost a dozen.  

The Coral Gables Art Cinema

This Coral Gables gem is open nightly on weekdays and throughout the day on weekends. Director Nat Chediak serves up a mix of independent and foreign-language films from U.S. distributors, along with movies with no U.S. release plans. or call 786-385-9689

260 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Miami Beach Cinematheque

Miami Beach Cinematheque’s move to Miami Beach City Hall during the summer of 2010.

The Miami Beach Cinematheque features an eclectic array of film series and helps host several regional film festivals. Located in the heart of Miami Beach on Española Way, the Cinematheque also boasts a coffee bar and an impressive collection of books that can be perused before and after screenings. Founder and film aficionado Dana Keith hosts many of the Cinematheque’s events and can often be found behind the coffee bar concocting delicious, caffeinated beverages. or call 305-673-4567

1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Bill Cosford Cinema

A student walks past the Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami (Patrick Farrell/Miami Herald)

Located at the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus, the Cosford features first run screenings of foreign and independent films, special programs and student film festivals. Students can view many of the films for free. or call 305-284-4861

5030 Brunson Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Tower Theater

Miami Dade College’s Tower Theater originally opened in 1926 in Little Havana on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

Located on Calle Ocho, the Tower is a Miami cultural landmark that opened in 1926 as a silent movie theater. Since then, the Tower has gone through several renovations, including the addition of an
Art Deco exterior, and provided Cuban refugees with an introduction to American culture through film.

Currently under the management of Miami Dade College, the Tower promotes the arts in all their forms by providing special film screenings, lectures and other events. or call 305-642-1264

1508 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

O Cinema

O Cinema on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

O Cinema screens a mixture of first-run independent, foreign-language and niche films. With two locations – the funky, artsy coffee house vibe of O Cinema Wynwood and the ornate refurbished movie palace in Miami Beach – the theaters show a combination of mainstream arthouse and retro movies that would not otherwise be shown in South Florida. The venue in Miami Shores is open for the occasional special screening.


  • O Cinema Wynwood — 90 NW 29th Street, Miami 305- 571-9970
  • O Cinema Miami Beach — 500 71st St, Miami Beach 786-207-1919
  • O Cinema Miami Shores — 9806 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores 786-565-3456

Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts

The historic Gusman Theater

The Olympia Theater, also known as the Gusman Theater, opened in 1926 as downtown Miami’s silent movie palace. It currently functions as a venue for live theater, but the Gusman also plays host to film screenings from time to time. Its beautiful interior, balcony seating and large screen make the Gusman the best place to see a film in Miami. It is one of less than 20 Florida buildings of entertainment that bear a historic designation. Two others — The Ace Theater in Coconut Grove and the Lyric Theater in Overtown — highlight the rich history of Miami’s popular night life scene during the Jim Crow era. or call 305-374-2444.

174 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131

Colony Theater

The Colony Theater (Andrea Sachs/The Washington Post)

You can’t walk down Lincoln Road without spotting this magnificent landmark that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Colony primarily hosts live theater but occasionally screens film. Its prime location makes it worth visiting on those few occasions. or call 305-674-1040

1040 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139


The Wolfsonian FIU on Miami Beach on Friday, July 19, 2013.

Part art museum and occasional theater, the Wolfsonian-FIU hosts free film screenings that vary in genre and focus. or call 305-535-4600

1001 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale

Cinema Paradiso features first-run screenings of foreign and independent cinema and special events that highlights an eclectic mix of films. or call 954-525-3456.

503 SE 6th St. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301