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Best Art-House Cinema Miami 2012 - O Cinema

O Cinema

O Cinema

90 NW 29th St.

Miami, FL 33127


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Miami's art-house scene has grown exponentially over the past year, and O Cinema is leading the way. The Wynwood theater, which opened only two years ago, is already keeping up with its peers in the 305, bringing national and international indie films to town. In the past 12 months, it has shown off buzz-worthy festival favorites such as Lars von Trier's Melancholia and niche films like Tomboy, which made waves on the GLBT scene. But it's O Cinema's focus on Miami — both its filmmakers and its audience — that sets this art house apart. From the best of the Borscht Film Festival's shorts, to a documentary featuring the badass local NSFW rapper Blowfly, to March's ten-year Rakontur retrospective, O is clearly devoted to showing off our city. And not just its film side — the theater's OMG Dinner and a Movie series lets viewers pig out on food by local chef gone big Michael Schwartz, making it the only theater in Miami where you can enjoy a bona fide dinner (read: not just popcorn and hot dogs) with your show. The folks at O Cinema clearly love the Magic City as much as we do, and that only makes us love them more.

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While I wish this theater had a wider screen (I'm hoping this'll happen in the future), I can't deny that their programming is getting pretty nice (a week dedicated to Stanley Kubrick). Actually, O Cinema and Miami Beach Cinematheque are alike in both of those ways, except MBC probably shows more indie films a month than any other Miami art house. Basically I dig art houses that aren't afraid to present genre films. The Coral Gables Art Cinema showed Enter the Void two years ago and I love them for that because their set up is dope as hell for an art house, but generally their programming is pretty vanilla. Fortunately, like O Cinema, they've decided to hold midnight showings of off-the-wall films on the weekend. And while O Cinema will be showing Enter the Void later in May, I'd love love love CGAC to present the film again. RAMBLE OVER.


An accolade well and truly deserved, it's a devoted cineaste's new second home. And I love the people who run the place almost as much as the movies.