On the surface, Miami's multiplexes appear no different from those in any other big city; but delve a little deeper, and you'll find that movie theaters in Miami are as likely to show an indie feature from Buenos Aires as the latest Hollywood blockbuster. The diversity of films both screened and set in Miami has greatly improved in recent years, laying to rest the notion that the city's cinematic identity is all coke-addled gangsters and languid detective noir. The city's growing independent film scene can now legitimately claim to support the community and provide entertainment at the same time. But the city boasts silver screens for all audiences, regardless of tastes and budgets.
Best first-run movie theaters
CinéBistro is redefining the idea of "dinner and a movie." After 6pm, it’s a 21-plus establishment, offering comfy seating, a full bar and a thoughtfully prepared American bistro menu. The movie menu offers something for everyone, too, with a nice mix of first-run Hollywood films and hard-to-find indies.Read more
This luxurious multiplex typically features blockbusters and up to three non-Hollywood films at a time. If you want to avoid being stuck between the many groups of teenagers who consider this a regular weekend hangout, opt for whatever’s playing at one of the four Prestige Imports Premier screens, which boast overstuffed leather chairs and a gourmet menu for noshing while you watch.Read more
Best art house and repertory theaters
The Carl Fisher-designed former City Hall hosts Miami’s only cinematheque. It’s also the home of the Miami Beach Film Society, which screens independent and experimental movies, along with film classics, to an audience of just 50. Like every good alt arthouse, the cinematheque is about more than movies. Art exhibits hang on the walls, and there may be music, a mini-festival or talks.Read more
Wynwood’s non-profit O Cinema proves that bigger is not always better. Opened in 2011, this single-screen gem offers an ever-changing lineup of the latest indie, arthouse, foreign and family titles, and is one of the venues for the Miami International Film Festival. As a tribute to its creative surroundings, the cinema shows its support of local artists with an in-house gallery, Art at O.Read more
Film screenings are just one of the regular events you’ll find at the historic Colony Theatre. And if there’s one on the calendar, it’s well worth the price of admission—if only to get a glimpse of the gorgeous art deco interior of this 1935 building, originally opened as part of Paramount Pictures’ cinema chain.Read more