Alliance Cinema

927 Lincoln Road,
Miami Beach, FL

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The Alliance was a small two screen theater that seemed like a screening room. They showed independent films and the occaisional revival. I last remember it being open in 2000. There seemed to be no advertising or even much of a sign for the alliance. Walking into it seemed like walking into an office. It was located on the Lincoln Road Mall and the entrance was no on the walk like the other stores but rather you had to walk around to enter it.

If anyone else can remember some facts on this please feel free to add them, since I can’t remember that much. I do know that after Regal opened it’s monster South Beach 18 right across from it just about it didn’t last much longer.

Contributed by Dan Delgado

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 23, 2008 at 2:54 pm

The Alliance operated from 1991 to 2000.

joannefilm on December 20, 2008 at 5:42 pm

Thanks for remembering.

I was the last Executive Director of the Alliance Cinema until 2000.

The Cinema had become a true community center bringing independent cinema fans from all over South Florida who would make the trip no matter what we were showing. We would ask them if they wanted to enjoy the local restaurants etc. and they would usually say, no, we want to see the film.

The Cinema also became a center for the GLBT community. In 1990, when the Cinema opened, it was the first cultural venue to offer any GLBT programming in the area. This was at least two decades behind New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, but it was a huge contribution to South Florida. The Alliance Cinema participated in many GLBT issues in its time and provided a central hub for information for newcomers to town.

When we closed in 2000, we also were running a film school called IFP which was a local chapter of the national organization IFP National, of which we were a founding member. This school had formerly been called the Alliance Film/Video Co-op.

When I left, we had about 150 filmmaker members, and had just completed the State of Florida Feature Film Competition in which a feature filmmaker won $25,000 in cash and over $100,000 in goods and services to make a feature film.

When I left, I turned over some treasures from the Alliance Cinema to Helen Kohen who was working on an Arts Archive through the Miami-Dade County Library System so that this much loved organization would live on in the history of the arts of Miami-Dade County.

Thank you for this opportunity,
Joanne Butcher

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