Harry Potter themed festivities in honor of the series’ 20th anniversary began last weekend at the Coral Gables Art Cinema.
On Saturday the cinema began with an 11 a.m. showing of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” All seven films will be shown in the next few weeks on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m.
Albert Bell attended the movie with two friends.
“I think it’s incredible that the Harry Potter culture is still so prominent today, I love that I can come here and relive such an important time in my life,” he said.
Excited chatter could be heard as dozens of families, college students, teenagers and older couples made their way inside.
Gabriella Flores, a mother of two, came to the screening with her children and husband.
“I want my kids to see the magic of the boy who lived on the big screen,” she said. “I’m going to try to bring them for the rest of the month if I can.”
“It’s just not the same as watching it at home,” said her husband David Flores.
Some hardcore fans have already purchased a series pass for $29, though the theater’s Facebook page noted they had sold out prior to the first screening.
“We wanted to buy the passes but they were sold out by the time we logged onto the website,” Flores said.
Caroline Ellis, a movie blogger frequent patron, said she was happy to write about the event.
“I try to share the news about events like these to as many people as possible,” she said. “What a better way to spend a weekend morning than watching Harry Potter on the big screen.”
After the film was over, moviegoers stayed to take pictures with the Hogwarts’ house flags hanging outside the cinema while enjoying the warm Miami breeze.
Tickets for the first two films were $5 while seats for the remaining showings are $8.
Tickets can be purchased at this website: http://www.gablescinema.com/programs/harry-potter-20th-anniversary/