THE COSFORD CINEMA
The Bill Cosford Cinema provides an educational and cultural resource for the University of Miami and the community it serves, by programming a wide variety of contemporary, classic and foreign films in a classic wide screen format, and by hosting lectures from renowned actors and directors.
Each weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Cosford opens its doors to the community to enjoy art films and previews of cinema from around the world, including titles from Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa as well as domestic, independent films.
Named the best art cinema by the Miami New Times, the Cosford is also used as a setting for lecture series and renowned film events. Stars like Kevin Spacey, Richard Gere, Mike Wallace, John Landis and UM alumni Ray Liotta and have taken the modest stage to discuss a range of topics. As a state-of-the-art screening facility the 240-seat Bill Cosford Cinema is capable of showing all traditional film formats as well as electronic video formats including high-definition. The Cosford shows films the way they were meant to be seen – on the wide screen and in 35mm.
Bill Cosford was a popular adjunct professor in the School of Communication’s motion pictures program, who served as film critic and arts writer for the Miami Herald from 1973 until his untimely death from pneumonia in 1994 at age 47. He was a champion for the Beaumont Cinema (the theater’s former name), helping it to become a fully operational art film house for the public, something he thought the area desperately needed.