Miami Beach Cinematheque
If you feel like watching a movie, but you are tired of the ubiquitous and bland experience offered at standard theaters, try out the Miami Beach Cinematheque located on the quiet end of Espanola Way. The establishment is dedicated to presenting lesser seen films, and is one of the pioneers of supporting cinema as a cultural beacon in this town where it can get awfully lonely for those of us seeking characters with substance. Upon entering you will feel relieved to have discovered the place. The theater walls are lined with books on film, and among the fifty or so theater seats is a comfortable chaise lounge for one or two lucky viewers to enjoy.
Most admirable about this place is the clear dedication to supporting each film presented, no matter whether it draws 50 or 4 attendees. The owner introduces each film with little known facts and background information. Sometimes directors and actors are invited to attend the screenings to comment and answer questions at the end. Often there are retrospectives of classic directors or actors presented throughout the month.
Aside from all of this, most of the films screened here are not shown in any other theater in Miami. When friends from New York tell me of the new masterpiece they just saw at the IFC, we've got it too, right here in sunny Miami.