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BEST Movie Theater

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»

2013 BEST Movie Theater, National

AMC Loews Boston Common 19

Boston

This flashy film mecca is the place to go if you want to catch the latest huge-budget Hollywood flick. Locally shot blockbusters often have their star-studded debuts here, and the theater shows films on multiple screens, so you can actually… read more»

2012 BEST Movie Theater, Indie

Coolidge Corner Theatre

Brookline

The mission of an indie theater should be to keep cinema exciting, surprising, and fresh. The Coolidge does this better than anyone, with its constantly changing lineups, film festivals, and HD broadcasts from London’s National Theatre and Europe’s grand operas…. read more»

2011 BEST Movie Theater, National

Regal Fenway Stadium 13

Boston

We don’t expect too much from big cinema chains—just Jujube-free upholstery and a “no zombies” hiring policy. Generally speaking, moviegoers here are upstanding citizens who bus their own seats after the show. And while the Web has almost obliterated human-based… 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»

2010 BEST Movie Theater
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Showcase Cinema De Lux

Dedham

At $19 to $24.50, the tickets are pricey. But admission to the Dedham theater’s Lux Level includes many worthy indulgences: state-of-the-art digital projection, plush seats, free garage parking, food and beverage service, attentive waitstaff, and—hallelujah—a 21-plus admissions policy. You won’t… 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»

2006 BEST Movie Theater, Commercial
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AMC Loews Boston Common 19

Boston

This centrally located mega-multiplex is chock full of big-budget luxuries. The semireclining seats are roomy enough for even the most ample popcorn-fed tushes. The monstrous screens do justice to even the most audacious CGI effects. The sound systems pump more… read more»

2005 BEST Movie Theater, Independent

Coolidge Corner Theatre

Brookline

The sad fact is that big corporate multiplexes show big corporate movies. Truly, you are what you screen. Which makes Brookline’s Coolidge Corner Theatre an art-house jewel among the plastic giants. This 75-year-old, not-for-profit space boasts a classy schedule of… read more»