You don’t need to have an in at the Coral Gables Art Cinema to score one of its shiny movie posters. The arthouse theater will make hundreds of posters available to the public during its second-annual poster drive next Saturday, July 7. The two-hour event will take place in the plaza in front of the theater.
Coral Gables Art Cinema — voted Best Arthouse Cinema in New Times' Best of Miami 2018 issue — opened in 2010 and is a nonprofit tax-exempt project from Cinemateque in partnership with the City of Coral Gables. It screens mostly classic, independent, foreign, and documentary films (now showing: the Mister Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?), so you won't find Avengers: Infinity War or Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom posters for your collection.
You might, however, be able to get your hands on posters for Lady Bird, Isle of Dogs, or Phantom Thread. Best of all: Every poster can be had for a suggested donation of only $5.
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Some of the bigger movie theaters tend to throw away their posters or give them to employees. But Gables Cinema opted for a poster drive to raise funds and connect with the community.
“We get requests [for posters] all the time,” associate director Javier Chavez says. “Sometimes we're able to take care of it then and there, but we use the drive as a community event. Case in point, our office staff will be present to help with the donations, answer questions, etc. It's kind of like a meet-and-greet.
“As a nonprofit, we believe it's important to have a direct connection to our community, and events like this one help us achieve that.”
Poster Drive. Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 786-385-9689; gablescinema.com. Suggested donation per poster is $5.