Absinthe House Cinematheque
235 Alcazar Avenue,
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Previous Names: Merry-Go-Round Theatre, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Alcazar Theatre, The Cinematheque, Alcazar Cinematheque
The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse was operating as an adult movie theatre until December 5, 1973 when it became the Merry-Go-Round Cinematheque, with a screening of Francois Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows”. It was South Florida’s premiere arthouse in the 1980’s and 1990’s and was created by Nat Chediak out of what had originally been a small children’s theater. Airplane style seats and great sight lines combined with some of the best movie released in two decades made this location an oasis of international cinema that took up where the Mayfair Theatre and Sunset Theatre left off. From this tiny house grew the Miami Film Festival and the rebirth of Latin Cinema in the U.S.
The Cinematheque introduced Fassbinder, Amodovar, Saura, Wajda, Guiterrez Alea, and Herzog to Miami film-goers. It was closed in the 2000’s.
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