Scheduled to lead the way in February 2022, the Coral Gables Art Cinema is expanding its community reach with an all-new, state-of-the-art 92-seat auditorium and screen.
With help from the city, Coral Gables Art Cinema is converting a retail space at 240 Aragon Ave. into a modern cinema hall with a large hall, an organized café and administrative offices. A redesigned display case will feature artifacts from the Cinema Museum from the late 19th to the 20th century, which management believes will enhance the city’s beautification and cultural arts experience.
Working with Magna-Tech Electronic for the design of the expansion, Ferguson Glasgow Schuster Soto Inc. for the architectural drawings and M2E for the mechanical and engineering design, the expansion will have a transformational impact on the Coral downtown corridor Gables and will ensure the continuity of world-class programming, education and community investment initiatives for future generations, said Brenda Moe, Executive Director of Coral Gables Art Cinema.
“The additional space will increase our annual attendance to 80,000 with an expected economic impact of $ 3 million,” she said.
More sensory screenings, organized conversations with leading cultural arts and film experts, and programming aimed at underserved children will be on the program in the new auditorium.
“We’re almost there in terms of the goal,” Ms. Moe said of the budgeted $ 1.5 million auditorium. “We have about $ 350,000 left to raise. Obviously, we would like to go beyond that, which would allow us to have an essential operational reserve for any organization. “
The art cinema has launched the “More than a cinema” fundraising campaign to support the expansion project, which will run until spring 2022.
“Our founder Steven Krams had a vision when he partnered with the city in 2006, and everyone involved in this project is excited to see an expansion of his vision,” Ms. Moe added. “We have served this community for over a decade and we are just grateful to move forward with this project.