Best Of 2018

Best Mini Movie Theater: Mini Microcinema

Best Mini Movie Theater
click to enlarge HAILEY BOLLINGER
Hailey Bollinger

Besides the Esquire and Mariemont movie theaters, Cincinnati is rather bereft of serious art-house cinemas. But when C. Jacqueline Wood brought her nonprofit People’s Liberty Globe Grant-winning Mini Microcinema to Over-the-Rhine, she made an immediate impact on the local film scene. Every week, the tiny storefront, located on Main Street, screens outside-the-box films/videos/media from the hard-to-find to the more mainstream (like Get Out). Every film has some sort of legitimate “art” link — you will not be able to see blockbuster fare like Jurassic World here. It has premiered programs from local filmmakers as well as shorts from the Nashville Film Festival. For a small donation of $5 (or a membership), visitors are not only treated to the films but also complimentary popcorn and snacks. (You can bring your own booze.) The Mini entertains and educates, and has turned its location into one of the brightest, hippest spots on Main Street. The Mini Microcinema, 1329 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, mini-cinema.org.