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  • Why Go to the Movies?

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    June 12, 2016
    Which is not the same as why we watch movies.  We watch movies because we are interested in the story it wants to tell and how it is being told.  But why we GO to movies is a different answer.
    We GO to movies because of PEOPLE.  
    Even someone going to the movies by themselves is going there to watch it with people:  to laugh with them, cry with them, jump in their seats with them, take in the whole spectacle of the film with them.  When you go with others, you inevitably talk about it.  Sometimes you may have groups of friends you watch certain types of movies with, and members of that group bring others and you meet new people.  In the end, you GO to the movies to be with PEOPLE.
    Now is a great time to go to the movies.  We have so many great places to go watch them.  Miami Beach Cinematheque, O-Wynwood, O-Miami Shores, O-Miami Beach, the Coral Gables Art Cinema, the Tower Theatre are all great art-house movie theatres offering unique films for their unique audiences.  Pick the one you like and become a member.  Make the time to get to know the other members; become friends with them; introduce your friends to them.
    If smaller films are not for you, find a MeetUp group that has what you are looking for.  If all you want to watch are sci-fi films, or comedies, or horror, or drama, or you only want to watch films in Coconut Grove, there is a MeetUp group for you.  They meet at the small art-houses, they meet at the AMC and Regal, and they meet at the high-end iPic and Cinepolis.
    And if you want the best of both worlds with a great mix of big and small films, with plenty of opportunities to meet new people and be with friends, then join a film festival.  Whether by your nationality (Brazilian), your religion(Jewish), or your taste(horror), Miami has a festival for you.  I encourage you to enjoy our community’s festival – the MiFo LGBT Film Festival.  Miami just ended this past April, and Fort Lauderdale is coming in October.
    Why do I go to the movies?  Short answer, I love them.  Long answer, I want to talk about them with people, and in turn get to know the people better.
    Why GO to the movies?  Because you want to be with PEOPLE.
    Victor M. Gimenez
    Executive Director
    MiFo LGBT Film Festival
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