Arts Cinema Serves Diverse Miami-Dade County
There are three reasons the Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables, has become one of the region’s most popular movie theaters, says Robert Rosenberg, executive director.
First, is the theater’s centralized location in trendy Coral Gables, near restaurants, coffee shops and, of course, the flagship Books & Books store. It also doesn’t hurt that the cinema is just three years old with state-of-the-art 35mm and digital projection equipment and has a license to serve wine and beer and even sushi and gourmet pizza on the weekends.
“It’s really about the programming, selected on purpose by real people,” said Rosenberg, who founded and ran the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival for five years and has more than 20 years guiding arts projects in Miami.
The Emmy Award-winning director of the groundbreaking documentary, Before Stonewall, has strived to capture the diversity and reflect the rich cultural communities of Miami-Dade through foreign, indie and documentary programming. And then he really starts to have fun:
“We like to think of the Cinema as a year-round film festival,” he explained. “There are always events, opening night parties, panel discussions, Skype conversations with filmmakers and costume contests going on.”
LGBT audiences will be particularly interested in the special run of the Israeli film, Out in the Dark, director Michael Mayer’s first feature film, opening Sept. 27.
Acclaimed Israeli television actor Michael Aloni and newcomer Nicholas Jacob star as a pair of star-crossed lovers who defy the narrow view of love held by their differing cultures. Aloni plays an Israeli lawyer while Jacob portrays a Palestinian student, hiding his sexual orientation from his family for fear of retribution. Mayer explores the difficult topic of sexuality in the Middle East and creates a poignant tale of true love and acceptance.
For more information and show times, go to GablesCinema.com.