Located in the heart of Brookline’s Coolidge Corner neighborhood, I instantly identify the Coolidge Corner Theatre (a.k.a. “The Coolidge”) by its iconic neon sign. The theatre has become a cultural landmark and film institution over its 82-year history. I love this independent theater’s dedication to providing the highest quality, “old fashioned” movie viewing experience. Their selections range from just released blockbusters, to golden age classics, midnight cults films, and even sing-alongs. I’ve personally seen everything from the Oscar-nominated “The Imitation Game,” to the 1973 surreal cult classic “The Holy Mountain” – on original film, at that – inside the plush velvet theater, which transports its viewers back in time.
Built as a church in 1906 and redesigned as an Art Deco movie palace in 1933, Coolidge Corner Theatre currently holds the title of New England’s most successful independent, not-for-profit cinema. When I’m looking for an untraditional night out with friends, nothing beats the Coolidge’s “After Midnite” series. They screen horrifying, weird, camp, avant garde, tripped-out, and cult films, quirky and quality enough to satisfy even the most alternative cinefile insomniac – often on 35mm prints!
For a slightly more traditional movie experience, or a good night’s sleep, the Coolidge supports all varieties of films – including $ 10 matinees. Regardless of if you’re an independent film buff, or just looking to mix up your “dinner and a movie” routine, it’s hard to find a more authentic cinematic experience than the Coolidge.