Opening of Freakonomics at the Coral Gables Art Cinema 10/15/10

The Coral Gables Art Cinema opens its doors with the Florida premiere of Freakonomics and a special opening night event
Opening night Friday, October 15, 7:00 & 9:00 pm
Freakonomics plays for two weeks, varied screening times; the Cinema will be open seven-days-a-week, year-round, with a full line-up of films
Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida, 33134
parking on-site in covered garage
Year-round movie ticket prices under $10, varies for adults, students, seniors, children and members.
Opening Night screening and reception fundraiser ticket $100
Opening night tickets available online at, and by phone at (786) 385-9689
regular screening tickets available at the box office only during screening hours with online advance sales in the near future
(786) 385-9689

Screening schedule 10/15 though 10/21
All screenings are for “Freakonmics”
Friday 10/15 (Special Gala Tickets Only) – 7 &10 pm
Saturday 10/16 – 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11 pm
Sunday 10/17 – 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
Monday 10/18 through Thursday 10/21 – 5:30, 7:30 & 9:30 pm

Coral Gables Art Cinema Opens
South Florida’s New State-of-the-Art
Non-Profit Movie Theater
October 15 Special Premiere Event With Freakonomics

South Florida’s art house film scene is getting a shot in the arm with the October 15 launch of the new Coral Gables Art Cinema. With the most advanced technical set-up of any stand-alone non-profit movie theater in the region, 144 stadium configured seats, and a truly comfortable but intimate space in the upscale Gables, the Cinema is positioned to become an important destination for film-lovers in Greater Miami and beyond. Long-time film industry leader Steven Krams is the Founder and President of the Coral Gables Cinemateque, Inc., the non-profit that runs the Cinema, which was developed in partnership with the City of Coral Gables, Magna-Tech Electronic Co. and the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

The first film at the Coral Gables Art Cinema will be the Florida premiere of Freakonomics, the funny and insightful feature based on the bestselling book of the same name that explores “the hidden side of everything.” On Friday, October 15, there will be a special opening fundraising event for the Cinema, with screenings of the film at 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm and a reception at 9:00 pm that those with tickets for either show can attend. Tickets for these screenings cost $100 and can be purchased in advance on the Cinema’s website or by phone at (786) 385-9689.

Freakonomics will play for two full weeks with regularly priced screenings under $10, varying for adults, students, seniors, children and members. For a full schedule and ticket purchase options, plus news on upcoming film programs, check movie listings, or visit the Cinema’s website or call them for more information. Annual memberships are available that provide a range of discounts and benefits, and help support the Cinema.

The highly anticipated Freakonomics examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies, bringing together a dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years, including Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Casino Jack and the United States of Money), Academy Award® nominees Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp), Academy Award® nominee Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) and Seth Gordon (The King of Kong). In the movie, like the bestselling book Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner on which it is based, the filmmakers apply a surprising, economics-based analysis to the problems of every day life. The film, which closed the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, is just opening in theaters in October and will be making its Florida premiere at the Coral Gables Art Cinema.

The Coral Gables Art Cinema is a state-of-the-art theater and arts center that includes 35mm, 16mm (for archival prints) and pristine 2k/4k true industry-standard theatrical quality digital projection, Dolby digital sound, an onsite gallery, gourmet café and covered outdoor patio seating. It is fully wheelchair accessible with available assistive listening devices. The Cinema is also equipped for live presentations and performances, and includes parking in a covered garage.

“We will be showcasing the best first-run American independent and international features, both fiction and documentaries, in addition to repertory films, special programs and film festival events, which vividly speak to the multilingual and multicultural diversity of South Florida,” says Robert Rosenberg, the Cinema’s Director. “In addition to film screenings, the Cinema will be a cultural hub for filmmakers, other artists and the public, with live performances, great food and drinks, sidebar events and educational activities.” Rosenberg, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, and a respected film festival curator and arts consultant, was recently brought on to develop the Cinema’s programming and community profile. Upcoming films at the Cinema this fall include Florida Premiere and First Run Presentations of international films from Peru, Israel, France and Nicaragua as well as more U.S. titles; films with stars such as James Franco, Mary-Louise Parker, Colombian heart-throb Manolo Cardona and Isabelle Huppert; and award-winning directors such as Gasper Noé, D.A. Pennebaker, Claire Denis and Rob Epstein.

The Coral Gables Art Cinema was conceived of in 2006 as a new movie theater to serve the South Florida region. The City of Coral Gables owns the building and the theater is operated by the Coral Gables Cinemateque, Inc., a non-profit film arts organization, under a long-term favorable lease. Gables Mayor Don Slesnick has also been instrumental in helping create the Cinema. “So many individuals and groups have come together to make the Cinema possible,” says President Steven Krams. “We truly believe that a venue such as this will serve the South Florida region for years to come.” The Cinema’s Board of Directors is made up of Carmen Argamasilla, Midge Blumberg-Krams, Patrick de Bokay, Daniel Gelber, Howard Glicken, Mitchell Kaplan, Steven Krams, Marshall Pasternack and Cathy Swanson-Riverbank.

Funding for the Coral Gables Art Cinema comes in part from the City of Coral Gables; the Perrin Fund of the Coral Gables Community Foundation; Steven and Myrna-Blumberg Krams; Bacardi; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the many individual donors and members who have joined to make the Cinema a reality. Major in-kind contributions of professional movie theater equipment, furnishings, fixtures and installations have been contributed by a range of film industry companies have been key to outfitting the theater.