When it comes to the pandemic, the Coral Gables Art Cinema has been nothing if not agile in its response. When the audiences could not attend, they went online – and rented out the movie house to small groups and families for private screenings. Now the doors are open again, but with pandemic twists. There are only 70 seats available in the 141-capacity theater, and all tickets are assigned when purchased in advance online. That way social distancing between groups is ensured.
You also order your concession food ahead of time, picking it up on the way in. And you exit by a separate door. “The pandemic [shutdown] gave us the opportunity to optimize our technology,” says Executive Director Brenda Moe. “We really made lemons into lemonade.” Also, in an effort to help local businesses, the cinema is offering free ads on screen for a year. Check gablescinema.com for the latest schedule of films.