Boston and its surrounding cities have a number of movie theaters and cultural institutions that regularly show repertory or special film screenings.
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
This inconspicuous single-screen cinema just off of the busy Harvard Square area is Boston’s most reliable home for repertory programming and other off-beat screenings; their Elements of Cinema series alone would justify their claim as “Boston’s unofficial film school.”
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street, Brookline
The finest screening room in the Boston area is the main auditorium of Brookline’s busy first run theater in Coolidge Corner. With a number of regular series, Coolidge Corner Theater offers repertory programming for all audiences; their After Midnite series offers horror and cult films you are unlikely to find anywhere else. Look out for special events, like the annual 12-hour Halloween Horror Marathon and outdoor screenings on the Greenway.
55 Davis Square, Somerville
The cultural anchor of Davis Square, the Somerville Theatre offers popular new films and an idiosyncratic mix of repertory programs, as well as live stage shows and special events like an annual 70MM film festival. Keep an eye out for unique architectural details like the ominous metallic owls perched throughout the building, and take the time to visit the Museum of Bad Art in the basement.
Harvard Film Archive
24 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Tucked under street level beneath the university’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, the single-screen HFA offers state of the art facilities presenting the area’s most esoteric fare, from international art house to Classical Hollywood to underground documentaries.
204 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington
The Somerville Theatre’s sister in Arlington, the Capitol supplements its slate of new films with a Capitol Classics series of popular films from the past and a monthly silent film screening.
Kendall Square Cinema
355 Binney Street, Cambridge
This member of the Landmark Theatres chain is a comfortable place for first run independent films, even more so following their recent renovation, and occasionally offers repertory or special event screenings as well.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Boston’s world class art museum offers an eclectic series of film screenings in the Remis Auditorium on the lower level.
Tickets for film screenings are separate from museum admission
The Video Underground
3203 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain
This independent video rental store and coffee shop hosts weekly screenings of cult films that are free to members and open to the general public for a small fee. Seating is limited so reserve your seats in advance!
A number of the theaters on this list are non-profit organizations offering membership programs. Please consider supporting independent and repertory film in Boston by becoming a member at the Brattle Theatre, Coolidge Corner Theatre or Harvard Film Archive.