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2005 BEST Movie Theater, Mainstream

AMC Theatres Fenway 13

Boston

It’s all in the details at this centrally located Fenway screen spot: 13 large theaters, stadium-style seating, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, climate- controlled spaces, and validated parking. Automated and online ticketing keep long lines at bay, while the always clean… read more»

2004 BEST Movie Theater, Commercial

AMC Theatres Fenway 13

Boston

Big screens, sharp sound, stadium seating. The AMC Fenway, once again, gets top billing. And here’s why: We like our popcorn popping out of its box in Sony Dynamic Digital Sound. We prefer to recline way back in club-car-like seats…. 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, Commercial

AMC Fenway 13

Boston

Keeping up with Hollywood’s barrage of blockbusters, tearjerkers, and indies-gone-mainstream is less daunting when you can do it at the AMC Fenway 13. This theater’s strongest appeal is its easy access: convenient $4 parking, a close-by Green Line stop, and… 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»

2002 BEST Movie Theater, Commercial

Loews Theatres Boston Common

Boston

From the moment you walk into this new multiplex, everything seems larger than life—just like the movies. With blown-up black-and-white posters of The Graduate and Butch Cassidy covering the walls, and vaulted entryways straight out of Aladdin’s palace, the setting… read more»

2002 BEST Movie Theater, Indie

Coolidge Corner Theatre

Brookline

The Coolidge, with its impressive lineup of indie features, gives film bluffs a place to call home. Adding to the charm: a new art-deco inspired marquee, a throwback to the picture houses of old. With a stellar schedule of surprise… read more»

2001 BEST Movie Theater, Indie

Coolidge Corner Movie Theatre

Brookline

No local theater better represents the spirit of independents than this grande dame in Coolidge Corner. The paint may be chipped and the seats may be missing a few threads, but Beacon Cinema Group honchos Marianne Lampke and Connie White… read more»

2001 BEST Movie Theater, North

Cabot Street Cinema Theatre

Beverly

Beverly’s answer to the Kendall Square Cinema is as funky as it is friendly. The diverse roster of screenings (don’t take that plurality literally—only one movie at a time is shown here) includes everything from second-run films to indies. Service… read more»

2001 BEST Movie Theater, West

West Newton Cinema

Newton

There are three key criteria that elevate a cinema to superior status: the caliber of the screenings, the comfort of the seats, and perhaps most importantly, the quality of the concession stand. West Newton Cinema’s management mixes art house releases… read more»