Olympia Theater at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (OLY)
174 E. Flagler Street, Miami
The Olympia Theater opened in 1926 as a silent movie palace and amazed the public with its stunning Moorish architecture, perfect acoustics and simulated night sky, complete with wafting clouds and twinkling stars. It also achieved fame as the first air-conditioned building in the South. The "talkies" and Vaudeville soon arrived at the Olympia, and for more than 40 years the theater was a top center of entertainment in Miami. It was one of the last theaters in the country to showcase Vaudeville acts. South Florida business tycoon and philanthropist Maurice Gusman saved the aging theater and the adjacent Olympia Office Building from demolition and donated them to the City of Miami in 1975. Thanks to extensive restorations in the 1970s, overseen in part by famed architect Morris Lapidus, the theater was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. This beloved cultural venue has retained its stature in a downtown that continues its own transformation. MIFF is pleased to present its CINEDWNTN Galas at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman for the 2014 Festival.
Regal South Beach Cinemas
1100 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
The Regal South Beach is a crown jewel on Miami's famous pedestrian-only Lincoln Road Mall. Fully modern and technologically equipped, its three-story pastel stain glass windows are still reminiscent of the bygone Art Deco era so present in its surrounding architecture. MIFF 2014 Films are presented the full 10 days of the Festival on 4 of Regal's 18 screens. It is definitely one of the busiest places to be during the Festival!
3015 Grand Ave.. Coconut Grove
Paragon Grove 13 opened in June 2010 in CocoWalk after a $4 million upgrade to include stadium seating, high-definition digital projection with 3D, and VIP luxury seating. The theater also includes The Lot Bar & Lounge and VIP Premier theaters where patrons can enjoy a tapas menu of food and sample fine wines and beers before or after a movie while sitting in luxury leather seats complete with tray tables.
MIFF 2014 Screenings will be in Theaters 1, 2, & 12 of the Paragon. Just to give you the inside scoop, theater 12 has the luxury seats!
Coral Gables Art Cinema (CGAC)
260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
The Coral Gables Art Cinema is a state-of-the-art theater that opened in October of 2010 and is one of the top ranked 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. In 2011 the Miami New Times weekly named the theater as "Miami's Best Art-House Cinema." MIFF 2014 Screenings will be playing at CGAC from March 7-13 (the first 7 days of the Festival).
O Cinema Wynwood
O Cinema Wynwood is a cutting-edge, non-profit, independent cinema in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, that showcases first-run independent, foreign, art, and family films. O Cinema operates with core philosophies that encompass providing intriguing, entertaining, and superior quality films that audiences will otherwise not see in Miami-Dade County, and creating a cultural beacon that helps to transform the region. They showcase revolving new works, special programs that speak to the needs and interests of children, families, young adults, and seniors, with the goal of engaging new audiences, and also feature occasional screenings of significant classics, rarely seen pieces, and newly restored master works. O Cinema Wynwood was awarded Miami New Times Best Art House Cinema in 2012 and 2013. MIFF 2014 screenings will play at O Cinema Wynwood on the first and second weekend of the Festival.
Special Event Venues
Miami Beach Cinematheque (MBC)
1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
In the midst of the preservation efforts to save the Art Deco District, a group of passionate film lovers set off to bring film culture to Miami. Miami Beach Cinematheque is Miami's premiere HD art house cinema. In the Historic City Hall on South Beach built by Carl Fischer in 1927, Miami Beach Film Society restored and renovated an amazing space which is a screening room, gallery, bookstore/library, and cafe. MIFF 2014 is proud to host many of our special masterclasses, panels, and industry programs at the Cinematheque.
Freedom Tower (FT)
at Miami Dade College
600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Now home of MIFF's headquarters, the Freedom Tower boasts a rich history. Originally completed in 1925 as the headquarters and printing facility of the newspaper The Miami News, it is an example of Spanish Colonial & Mediterranean Revival architecture with design elements borrowed from the Giralda in Seville, Spain. In the 1960s, as refugees fleeing from communist Cuba arrived in Miami, the federal government used the facility to process, document and provide medical and dental services for the newcomers. In 1979, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2005 private developers donated the Freedom Tower to Miami Dade College, where it is currently used as a home for arts, cultural, and educational organizations, including MIFF! The Freedom Tower plays host to MIFF's 2014 Awards Night Party.
The Historic Alfred I Dupont Building (AID)
169 E. Flagler Street, 2nd floor, Miami
The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building is Miami’s only Art Deco skyscraper and is a representation of Depression Moderne Architecture. Opened Christmas Day 1939, the Building was designated as a Historical Landmark in 1992 and became a Dade Heritage Trust Inductee in 1999. With elegant historical detail and understatedly opulent décor, the Dupont is a former bank headquarters – complete with teller windows and two bank vaults. The building also features exquisite details in its bas relief elevator doors, wall-to-wall marble floors, hand painted Cypress wood ceilings, detailed scroll work and intricately detailed brass gates. With two ballrooms, the mezzanine level is comprised of 22,000 square feet. The Alfred I. Dupont Building plays host to MIFF’s 2014 Opening Night Party.
New World Center
New World Center, home to the New World Symphony and Miami Beach SoundScape, exists at the heart of the City Center Redevelopment Project, a joint venture to inject new vitality into the downtown neighborhood of Miami Beach’s 17th Street Corridor, located just two blocks from the ocean on Lincoln Road, behind Lincoln Road Mall.
Miami Beach SoundScape is the new 2.5-acre urban space in the cultural and civic heart of downtown Miami Beach. Capturing the spirit and vitality of Miami Beach, it is a flexible, multi-use space adjacent to the new Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, and serves as both an urban oasis and a gathering place for cultural and special events. MIFF 2014’s kick-off partner event with South Beach Food & Wine Festival will be hosted at New World Center.