Movie-goers look forward to the new proposal by O Cinema for their location in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. The independent cinema announced on Monday that their non-profit organization has received an $100,000 grant from ArtPlace America. The grant will help O Cinema expand its vision of creating a three-screening platform for movie-goers. More specifically, the grant will help O Cinema take its first step of their three-screening platform by expanding their movie screenings outdoors. This will provide audiences with a choice of atmosphere for their special movie occasions. In addition to the ArtPlace America grant, O Cinema has also applied for a grant with the Knight Foundation. As recent as last week, the independent cinema was announced as one of the finalist for the Arts Challenge Grant from the Knight Foundation and if they receive funding expect an additional indoor screening room to be housed in theater; this will complete the organizations vision for a three-screening platform.
O Cinema co-founder Kareem Tabsch stated in an article on Miami New Times that the ArtPlace America grant given to O Cinema will also be an investment to the exterior design of the facility. In addition, representatives of O Cinema have discussed the redevelopment of an open lot surprisingly in congruence with the organization. The lot is expected to be turned into a bike haven, for guest to enjoy this open space with a few tables and areas to park their on-foot vehicles. The organization is also looking into partnering with a local youth organization to conduct left-over space into some sort of vertical gardens.
Don’t expect this to be the last source of growth for O Cinema and its independent film movement. Tabsch and colleague Marthell are also looking to improve the Theater with higher definition of audio and visual equipment. O Cinema’s upgrade plan could be in effect as early as this year if they are awarded with the Knight Arts Challenge funds.