Unless you’re a big fan of independent (indie) flicks you probably wouldn’t know, or even care for that fact, if there are any independent cinemas anywhere in your city. Before reading further take a moment to answer this question: How many independent cinemas are there in your city? See, I told you so. Not a clue! Right? Indie flick fans in Miami certainly know the answer to that question.
If you and your family are planning on visiting South Florida anytime soon, you’ll want to know that there are six very trendy indie cinemas right here in Metropolitan Miami. Show times though are not as regularly scheduled as they are at the big picture theatres of the Regal or AMC brand for instance. Also too, the indie cinemas are not as heavily promoted the way their other big screen competitors are so you’ll need to read the Miami newspapers’ weekend ‘What-To-Do’ page which comes out each Friday.
But why go to an indie cinema as opposed to seeing a Hollywood produced flick at one of the more established Mall movie houses? Are indie films any better than Hollywood films? There’s a war of words going on in the industry (and has been for some time now) about this very topic. Regrettably, limited space will not allow for writing on both sides of the subject matter. However, Stephen Reilly has some very interesting comments in his published work: Defining Independent Cinema which I think any reader of this article would find most interesting. Afterwards, point your mouse HERE to view (supposedly) the 50 greatest independent movies ever made.
Frank Smuts, a big fan of indie flicks, and a winter resident of historic Miami Shores summed it up this way: “personally, I think some of the best flicks I’ve seen in recent years have been made by independent film directors, producers and writers like Quentin Tarantino and Gus Van Sant, just to name my two favorites. Furthermore, I love the people (the artistic types) that hang out at indie cinemas. I think they’re really cool and sophisticated looking.”
In summary, ‘independent films’ are simply films that are made outside of the traditional Hollywood studio system. Films that receive less than half of their budget from major studios are also considered ‘independent films.’
Following is a listing of Miami’s independent cinemas . . .