Coral Gables Art Cinema

260 Aragon Avenue,
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Film Festivals), Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 786.385.9689
Manager: 786.472.2249

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Coral Gables Art Cinema

The Coral Gables Art Cinema is located directly across Aragon Avenue from the Books & Books flagship store and next to the City of Coral Gables parking garage.

It is the place to see art cinema in downtown Coral Gables, the area formerly served by the defunct Absinthe House Cinematheque and Astor Art Cinema, and is also a venue for the Miami Film Festival, as well as other programs throughout the year.

As described on the official website: “The Coral Gables Art Cinema is a state-of-the-art theater that opened in October of 2010 and is one of the best, most comfortable and highest grossing art houses in South Florida, presenting first-run and regional premieres of quality American independent and international features, both fiction and documentary, in addition to classic films, special programs and film festival events, which speak to the multilingual and multicultural diversity of the region.”

Contributed by David_Schneider

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

David_Schneider on February 8, 2016 at 8:25 pm

Here is a nice photo of the exterior on their website’s “History & Mission” page.

When I’ve visited they’ve had a small interesting collection of old film cameras and projectors on display on the second floor. (I hope they are still there.)

Books & Books, an independent bookstore named “Best Bookstore of the Year” in 2015 by Publishers Weekly is across the street, where there are author presentations every night.

Next to Books & Books is the Coral Gables Museum with permanent exhibits about the history of the City of Coral Gables and periodically changing exhibits of local and statewide interest.

The three make a nice cultural hub.

One block away on Miracle Mile is the Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theater.

Ripshin on August 19, 2017 at 9:06 am

David, you seem to know the area. Odd question. I’m trying to find the location of a Coral Gables restaurant that would have existed around 83/84. I KNOW that it was west of Ponce, east of Le Jeune, north of Miracle Mile, and pretty sure south of Alhambra. I could have sworn that it faced east, but the streets aren’t structured that way, with facades.

I was a UM student living in the Gables, and I’d walk by it. Very trendy, with a big open wooden door. Maybe Cuban or jazz music. Very upscale. It seemed to be next to a parking lot. VINTAGE building – Spanish Colonial, perhaps – somewhat narrow. I even remember maybe a blue light at the entrance.

It may have been where that Gable Plaza monstrosity is now. But, The Bank of America, old theater spot kinda reminds me of it. I dunno.

It just made a huge impression on me. I SO much wanted to go inside every time.

David_Schneider on August 28, 2017 at 8:25 pm

Ripshin, whatever familiarity I have with the Gables begins in the early 90’s and I’m not a restaurant person, so I’m not sure. In recent years the only reason I go to the Gables anymore is to visit the places I mention in my previous comment.

The Gable Plaza I think you’re talking I only remember as a parking garage before, if we’re thinking of the same place.

Caffe Abbracci is in a building that has been a restaurant back before the early 90’s and is next to a parking lot. The Globe (which may have had a blue light at one time by a wooden door and I think has had jazz and Cuban performances) on Alhambra is another that goes back years. There’s also some old buildings with a parking lot next to them (behind the bank where the Dream Theatre had been) on Giralda between Salzedo and Ponce. Look all these up using Google Street View. Also in Street View if you click on the orange dots on the Abbracci and Globe locations you get a photo of the inside.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 28, 2017 at 8:29 pm

Ripshin, if it’s not the Globe, you might be thinking of the restaurant once inside the Hotel Place St. Michel.

David_Schneider on December 21, 2019 at 9:28 pm

Miami Herald article from September 26, 2015 about Steven Krams, who ran a cinema equipment business in Miami for decades, supervised the design and outfitting of the Coral Gables Art Cinema, and has served as executive director of its board:

“Steven Krams, Miami’s Movie Man: For the Love of Film — and Projectors, Too”

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 22, 2019 at 3:30 am

I worked in the cinema industry in Miami from 1974 to 1990 and I never heard of them. Hornstein was the name I remember for all projection products.

David_Schneider on December 22, 2019 at 9:12 pm

Al, I had been wondering if you knew of him.

I wouldn’t know. I’m just a fan of the moviegoing experience and cinema history. I found the article and figured I’d post a link to it while stating why it seemed relevant to this page based on what the article describes.

David_Schneider on January 15, 2022 at 9:29 pm

This Miami Hurricane (U. of Miami student newspaper) article from October 7th, 2021 describes plans for the Coral Gables Art Cinema to expand into an adjacent location by adding a second screen:

“Coral Gables Art Cinema, home to late-night events, cult-classic screenings, set to expand in 2022”

The article includes renderings of the proposed floorplan and of the front of the building, showing the original location on the right side of the entrance to the parking garage, and the new second location on the left in the storefront at 240 Aragon Avenue where Patio & Things furniture currently is.

Biscayne Bay Tribune article from August 30, 2021:

“Coral Gables Art Cinema Plans Expansion, Begins Fundraising”

Miami Today article from August 31, 2021:

“Coral Gables Art Cinema Expanding”

Click here for complete details from the cinema’s own website for the project:

MSC77 on November 1, 2023 at 10:40 pm

This venue’s 70mm presentations history is included in the recently-updated article “70mm Presentations in Miami: A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1956-Present”.

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