Wynwood's independent movie house, O Cinema, is updating its theater space, adding a second screening space, and adding new programming thanks to nearly $145,000 in grants from the Knight Foundation and ArtPlace. Oh, and it's celebrating its third anniversary. Founded by Kareem Tabsch and Vivian Marthell, the former warehouse has proved super successful despite almost not getting off the ground in its early days, and almost having their funding revoked.
Upgrades will include an industry-standard 2K digital projection system resulting in crisper picture quality, a new projection screen nearly twice the size of the existing one, a surround sound system and sound-dampening panels, 54 additional permanent seats, and a second, smaller, screening space in a former storage area. Finally, the parking lot will be transformed into a garden and outdoor theater space. "Cine al Fresco" will offer complimentary screenings and will launch later this year.—Margina Demmer
· Wynwood art cinema makes upgrades [Miami Herald]