Absinthe House Cinematheque

235 Alcazar Avenue,
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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South Florida’s premiere arthouse in the Eighties and Nineties was created by Nat Chediak out a small children’s theater. Airplane style seats and great sight lines combined with some of the best movie released in two decades amde this location an oasis of international cinema that took up where the Mayfair and Sunset left off. From this tiny house grew the Miami Film Festival and the rebirth of latin Cinema in the U.S.

The Cinematheque introduced Fassbinder, Amodovar, Saura, Wajda, Guiterrez Alea, and Herzog to Miami film-goers.

Contributed by A Alvarez

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 13, 2006 at 3:28 pm

How did this cinema acquire its unusual name ? Absinthe is a type of very powerful booze, potentially poisonous to drink, which was banned in the USA many years ago.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 15, 2006 at 1:06 pm

According to The Miami Herald:

“The Absinthe House Cinematheque is named after the extremely potent and poisonous banned absinthe liquor, which appears in some of Hernandez-Canton’s (the owner) favorite works of literature from the turn of the century.”

The Absinthe was also know as the Alcazar in the nineties.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 15, 2006 at 1:07 pm

Seating is around 199.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 27, 2008 at 8:35 pm

Also known as the Merry Go Round as both theatre and cinema.

rivest266 on December 18, 2008 at 2:07 am

No showtimes anywhere, is this closed?

Ripshin on March 30, 2009 at 6:38 am

I believe I saw all of the “missing” Hitchcock’s there in 83 or 84, just after their initial rereleases. My first viewing of “Rear Window” – I’ll never forget it.

guarina on May 12, 2012 at 5:09 am

I’m not sure whether this is the Cinematheque where I saw foreign movies in the late 70’s. There was no absinthe then.

Ripshin on February 16, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Where is it in the above photograph?

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