At CinéBistro, a luxurious dining theater, patrons settle into wide cushioned seats as they watch the latest action flicks and comedies flicker on the silver screen. Viewing companions alternate drawing buttery, salty puffed maize out of a shared tub of popcorn, hoping to find Gene Hackman's golden business card buried somewhere inside. Although not included with this Groupon, CinéBistro serves seated cinema aficionados a wide menu of appetizers, entrees, and desserts to complement their popcorn, from a caesar salad for a light meal ($10.75) to a pan-seared Atlantic salmon cooked to order ($19.50). Dessert indulgences include a deconstructed peanut-butter pie ($8), and liquid indulgences proffer a wine list full of international vintages to guzzle during foreign movies, as well as domestic and imported beers, martinis, and cocktails.
For anyone interested in enjoying a meal at the movies, rather than snacking on boxed candies and stale popcorn, there’s Cobb Theatres – Cinebistro. This upscale movie theater experience is specifically designed to offer an upscale dining experience, all while watching a recently released movie. Guests are served individually in comfortable high-back leather chairs, from an extensive menu with meals that range from gourmet hamburgers to New York strip steak, Caesar salads and yellowfin tuna tacos. Select a glass of wine or pull from the premium cocktail menu to complete the meal – that is, unless you have a sweet tooth. Dessert options go well beyond the usual peanut M&M’s (though you can snack on those as well), rounding out a truly decadent movie-going experience. Just make sure to show up at least 30 minutes before the film starts, and leave the children at home; only drinking-age adults are allowed inside.
O Cinema is one of Miami’s most celebrated independent movie houses. Its goal is to provide an offering of films that otherwise might not be seen in Miami – foreign features, independent movies, artsy shorts and stunning documentaries. The Wynwood location of this small Miami chain is more diminutive than your usual cinema multiplex, but the art house feel makes you feel closer to the film itself. There are actually three different screening areas throughout the facility, and on those ever-present warm nights the O Cinema team might even put together a free outdoor screening. And, since the theater is located in Wynwood, there’s an adjoining space for art installations right on site.
The Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival serves culinary samples from nine popular Brickell restaurants, endless fine wine and spirits, and international rhythms. Chefs from such area eateries as Porcao Farm to Grill, El Vato, Tapas Xperience, and Batch Gastro Pub distribute freshly prepared portions of signature menu items, including morsels from 2014 Executive Chef Virgile Brandel (Atrio at the Conrad). Wine experts entice visitors to try new vintages by hosting tasting demos and dispensing samples. A portion of all event proceeds help fund the local charities.
Every March for ten days, Miami plays host to filmmakers, celebrities and the best of cinema with its Miami International Film Festival. As the only major festival housed within a college or university, the festival offers a heavy emphasis on education through special screenings and seminars with writers, directors and other Hollywood notables. The festival includes over 90 feature films, some 30 international short films, plus documentaries and dramatic works from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and beyond. Owing to its Miami location, the festival definitely keeps a Latin bent, though the varied content attracts over 60,000 people from all walks of life, and strives to strengthen the community’s love and appreciation for the art of filmmaking.