Coral Gables Art Cinema

260 Aragon Avenue,
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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Coral Gables Art Cinema

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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

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David_Schneider
David_Schneider on February 8, 2016 at 3:25 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
Ripshin on August 19, 2017 at 4:06 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
David_Schneider on August 28, 2017 at 3:25 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 3:29 pm

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

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