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BEST Movie Theater

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»

2000 BEST Movie Theater

Kendall Square Cinema

Cambridge

It’s not the fresh popcorn, hot cappuccino, or high-gloss neon that draws the crowds to this megaplex arthouse near MIT. Sure, those things don’t hurt. But even if the seats weren’t plush and the parking weren’t plentiful, crowds would still… read more»

1999 BEST Movie Theater

Coolidge Corner Theatre

Brookline

This Brookline landmark sure knows how to draw ‘em in. While other art houses are content dishing out classics, these guys go right for the guts, with events like Annie Sprinkle’s Herstory of Porn: Rell to Real, Spike and Mike’s… read more»

1998 BEST Movie Theater

Kendall Square Cinema

Cambridge

Culture and film buffs thank the celluloid gods for this place to see all the idiosyncratic flicks that get reviewed in The New Yorker and The New York Times. Still the sole straddler of the art house/multiplex genres, it offers… read more»

1997 BEST Movie Theater

Kendall Square Cinema

Cambridge

The Kendall Square Cinema is everything a movie theater should be, with nine large screens, perfect climate control, clean bathrooms, and sufficiently ample and inexpensive ($1) parking. The movies are a little offbeat—no Jurassic Parkhere. Instead, you’ll find the independent… read more»

1996 BEST Movie Theater

Kendall Square Cinema

Cambridge

An award-winning design, coupled with a great sound system and a short-person-friendly seating arrangement-plus free parking!—make this new theater a moviegoer’s delight. Then there’s the speedy espresso machine and the array of designer snacks: Dancing Deer Bakery’s mocha walnut and… read more»

1995 BEST Movie Theater, Food

General Cinemas Framingham 14

Framingham

So it’s hardly gourmet fare, but at least at this new suburban megaplex you can get a cup of Starbucks coffee and a slice of Pizzeria Uno pizza or some nachos. read more»

1995 BEST Movie Theater, Seat

Front row, second section at the Sony Harvard Square Theater

Cambridge

Separated by an aisle from the eyeball-burning section, these choice seats are elevated to give you a great view and plenty of room. read more»

1993 BEST Movie Theater

The Arlington Capital Theater

Arlington

You won’t pay more than four buckaroonis to see a movie in this cute cinema house, and the snack bar offers espresso, ice cream, and frozen yogurt. For similar reasons, check out the nearby Regent Cinema. read more»

1989 BEST Movie Theater

The Somerville Theater

Somerville

Good movies in a good house. That’s why folks are demonstrating to save it. Long may it endure. read more»