If the founders of O Cinema can have their dreams fulfilled, the small art house in Wynwood will be able to show three different screenings in three different parts of its building at once. Monday, the theater announced new funding that will get them halfway to that vision, a grant of $100,000 from ArtPlace America that will allow the movie house to hold free screenings outdoors. (The Adrienne Arsht Center also won an ArtPlace grant; look for more of its plans later this week.)
Last week, the Knight Foundation announced O Cinema as one of 66 finalists of its Arts Challenge Grant. Should achieve that grant, it will allow for creation of a second screening room inside the theater.
Speaking over the phone, O Cinema co-founder Kareem Tabsch says, "We're super-honored and stoked to be a Knight's finalist this year, particularly since we were founded with a grant from the Knight Foundation. It's what allowed us to open our doors, so they've always been fervent supporters of ours. We are huge fans of theirs and eternally indebted to them."