MIAMI – The Coral Gables Arts Theater is South Florida’s premier art house showcasing the finest independent, foreign and documentary films.
It is also the only arts theater in the Southeastern United States equipped to show high-definition 70mm films.
The long-awaited film Oppenheimer, which premieres on Friday, is shown in 70mm format at the Gables Art Theater.
It’s kind of a big deal for film and theater lovers.
Oppenheimer tells the story of Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb. The film is about the hopes and fears as the United States plunged into the nuclear age in a desperate attempt to end the war with Japan.
This is a heavy and deep film that causes a lot of buzz.
“Our weekend is already sold out,” said Brenda Moe, executive director of Coral Gables Art Cinema.
She said that this was no ordinary film and preparations for the three-week screening were a hustle and bustle.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really go back to a bygone era where it was the standard at some point,” Mo said.
What was standard, and what the Gables arts theater has, like some other theaters, are 70mm projectors. The movie is huge, it has richer colors, better sound, and it’s a real movie. It’s not digital, it’s not IMAX, it’s not 35mm film, it’s twice the size. The reels are bulky and skill is required to load and refuel the machines.
“We have people who come from all over the state when we project on 70 millimeters,” Mo said.
Real moviegoers are attracted by the quality and originality of the film. This movie is likely to attract a few viewers who have never been to a public and private cinema with a subscriber base. Films like this give the theater an opportunity to expand that base.
“This is an incredible opportunity for us as an organization,” Mo said.
She said it meant a lot to those who bought tickets for a “real” movie.
“To be able to give this opportunity now to people who remember this when they went to the cinema when they were children, to be able to share the experience with the younger generation,” she said.
As they used to say, “Movies are better than ever on the giant silver screen.” “Oppenheimer” of course will be.