In honor of Miami Film Month (through June 30), we present cinema experiences and movie houses of a different kind.
1. Noted as Miami’s premier HD art house cinema, the Miami Beach Cinematheque is an alternative to commercial movie theaters nearby. With a screening room, gallery, library and café on the property, the Cinematheque aims to enrich the moviegoing experience. Programming-wise, this is the venue to visit for standouts from film festivals all around the world. Tickets are $8 per person. 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.4567
2. Reserve your car slot now for the new Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, a spot that’s brining back 1920s drive-in culture with a modern twist. Unlike other vast lots, Blue Starlite offers a more intimate experience with just 50 car slots. There is also a designated pedestrian area for others to enjoy the movie, and the concession stand ups the ante on popcorn with treats like s’mores for two and other options by Taurus Whiskey House. Showings for the next few weeks include Grease, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Mars Attacks! Entry for two starts at $30; every additional passenger is $5. 3500 Main Highway, Miami
3. Grab a blanket, a picnic basket and some vino and hit the lawn in front of the New World Center. Every Wednesday night the NWC’s ExoStage features a different film projected on the building’s 7,000-square-foot wall. Movies slated for this summer include everything from family fare like Despicable Me to classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Film screenings are free to the public. 500 17th St., Miami Beach, 305.673.3331
4. As one of Miami’s oldest cultural landmarks, the Tower Theater has been around since 1926. The movie house, which once screened silent films, currently operates under the Miami-Dade College’s supervision and is dedicated to showing films from around the world, especially Latin America. In other words: Expect plenty of subtitles. Tickets are $8 per person. 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami, 305.643.8706
5. O Cinema is a not-so-hidden gem in the heart of Wynwood that strives to showcase film culture at its best. This month, visitors can catch screenings of Chef, the Jon Favreau-directed comedy about an LA toque who loses his mojo and rediscovers his passion for cooking inside a food truck in Miami. Tickets are $8 per person. 90 NW 29th St., Miami, 305.571.9970