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2014 BEST Cinema, Blockbuster

Showcase Cinema de Lux

Dedham

That’s right. Boston’s best wide-release movie theater is in…Dedham. This place was 100 percent built for the blockbuster popcorn flick. Comfortable stadium seating, armrest-shaking surround sound, and a full bar (on the “Lux Level”) all coalesce to provide the optimal… read more »

2014 BEST Cinema, Arthouse

Kendall Square Cinema

Cambridge

We know, we know: We should bestow this honor on the Brattle or Coolidge Corner because they are locally owned and independently programmed. But in terms of sheer experience, the Kendall simply has more of what you want to see,… read more »

2013 BEST Cinema, 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 Cinema, 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 Cinema, National
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Kendall Square Cinema

Cambridge

No crying babies, chatty teens, or bleeping cell phones. That’s why your parents, professors, and primary-care provider choose to catch the latest film-festival hits and indie first-runs at this Landmark Theatres location. They also come because parking is a pittance… read more »

2012 BEST Cinema, 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 Cinema, 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 »

2011 BEST Cinema, 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 »

2010 BEST Cinema
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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 Cinema, 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 »