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BEST Movie Theater, independent

2013 BEST Movie Theater, Independent
Brattle Theatre

The Brattle Theatre

Cambridge

The Brattle is one of the most esteemed repertory movie theaters in the country, but it’s a fragile thing—this winter, it had to launch a $140,000 Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a projector and HVAC renovation. The gambit succeeded,… read more»

2011 BEST Movie Theater, Independent
Photograph by Bob O'Connor

Coolidge Corner Theatre

Brookline

Since 1933, this not-for-profit theater has boasted a diverse schedule of international and independent movies and documentaries. Modern indie films; broadcasts from London’s National Theatre and Europe’s grand operas; big-screen classics; midnight cult films and sing-alongs; and weekend variety shows… read more»

2007 BEST Movie Theater, Independent

Brattle Theatre

Cambridge

You can catch an Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu flick at any multiplex nowadays, but you won’t see Boston Underground Film Festival highlights or a repertory series of World War II movies—or, for that matter, a weeklong Muppets marathon—anywhere else but the… read more»

2006 BEST Movie Theater, Independent

Brattle Theatre

Cambridge

Fundraising is still under way to save this beloved Harvard Square institution from the pernicious encroachments of Netflix and TiVo, and the outcome remains uncertain. All the more reason to buy tickets for the Brattle’s screenings of foreign gems, art-house… read more»

2004 BEST Movie Theater, Independent

Kendall Square Cinema

Cambridge

Enjoying the artistry of independent cinema doesn’t have to mean enduring drafty old theaters. The Kendall Square is as state-of-the-art as any megaplex, but with niche amenities like baked goodies from Dancing Deer Baking Company and green tea. Sure, the… read more»

2003 BEST Movie Theater, Independent

The Brattle Theatre

Cambridge

From Here to Eternity was the blockbuster movie of the year when the Brattle Theatre switched from presenting live stage plays to showing films in 1953. Whatever else has changed in Harvard Square, the Brattle remains the locus of earnest… read more»