New art cinema opening in Miami area

posted by CSWalczak on August 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

MIAMI, FL — The O Cinema is slated to open in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District by the end of the month. The 135-seat art theater and gallery space will add a new venue for independent and avant-garde film and video.

“We realized, both myself being a Miami native and Vivian having been raised here since she was 6, that film was one area where we haven’t stepped up to the plate,” Tabsch says. “We have Art Basel, which has been amazing for the visual arts community, and New World Symphony and the Arsht Center … all of these wonderful organizations each tackling different areas and doing amazing things. And film hadn’t caught up. We decided we had to do something about this and bring independent film to Miami year-round.”

They were able to do so thanks to a $400,000 matching grant from the Knight Arts Challenge, a godsend for many South Florida nonprofits in a time of distressing state budget slashes. After two years of fundraising and looking for a viable location, the duo settled on Wynwood, landing a 4,000-square-foot interior space and a courtyard.

There is more at Bocamag.com.

Comments (2)

sporridge
sporridge on August 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm

The Bocamag link hit a dead end. Here’s the link to O Cinema itself:

http://www.o-cinema.org/

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I wish them the best of luck but wasn’t the nearby Mercury/Soyka a bust with the same programming idea?

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