Best of Boston

2007 Best Cinema, Independent

Brattle Theatre

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 Brattle. The Harvard Square institution has been screening foreign, art house, and classic films for over 50 years, but it’s much more than a sleepy civic treasure: It’s holy ground for Boston’s cineastes, budding film auteurs, and anyone who just likes to watch Casablanca on the big screen.

40 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-876-6837,