Another month, another opportunity to watch some classic movies in Miami. With summer still a couple of months away, it’s time to check out some good ol' classics instead of the big blockbusters. Here's what's showing around town in May.
Blue Starlite Drive-in
May 6 and 7, the Blue Starlite will show Purple Rain as a tribute to Prince. The drive-in will show Grease on May 14 and Princess Diaries May 21 and 28.
Coral Gables Art Cinema
Gables Cinema has a massive selection this month for both daytime and evening showings. Cria! kicks things off May 7, presented on 35mm with actress Geraldine Chaplin in attendance. There’s also a showing of On the Town May 22, a 35mm screening of The Mother and the Whore May 26, and Placido May 31.
The After Hours series continues with a 4K showing of Fargo May 7 and 35mm showings of Mulholland Drive May 14 and Amelie May 21. The most recent cut of Metropolis will screen May 28, accompanied by a live score by Miami musical group Treasure Teeth.
Miami Beach Cinematheque
Partnering with the Wolfsonian-FIU, MB Cinema is presenting two films as part of the Havana Nights series, exploring Cuba through art and film. Sunday, May 8, they begin with a screening of Weekend in Havana, and Sunday, May 29, it's A Lady Without Passport. Each ticket purchase includes an optional guided tour of the Wolfsonian exhibition "Promoting Paradise: Cuban Allure, American Seduction" before the screenings. Both films will be introduced by Frank Luca, chief librarian and adjunct professor of history at Florida International University.
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This month, O Cinema will present classics at two of its three locations. The Wynwood spot will show Purple Rain May 1 (rolling over from two sold-out screenings April 29 and 30); Jason Lives May 13 (presented by Popcorn Frights Film Festival); and Belladonna of Sadness toward the end of the month (exact date to be determined).
At the Miami Beach outpost, Purple Rain will also screen May 1. The Secret Celluloid Society partnership continues with four late-night screenings on 35mm: Mommie Dearest May 7 (complete with a Mother’s Day weekend seance), Bram Stoker’s Dracula May 14, Creepshow May 21, and Demons May 28.
In addition to its O Cinema partnership, the Secret Celluloid Society is heading back to Shirley's at Gramps for a couple of screenings. The first is a showing of Akira, which is being billed as an immersive event (so who knows what goodies that'll feature) May 2. The second is David Lynch's Fire Walk With Me, screening May 16. Both cost $6 and have two showtimes available their respective nights.
In Miami Beach, SoundScape brings its season to a close with two modern films and two '90s flicks that fit right into the classics: Forrest Gump May 18 and Independence Day May 25. Both are free and outdoors as usual.