Remis Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115

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The Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts presents a wide variety of foreign, independent, and classic films.

Its many annual festivals include the Boston Gay and Lesbian Film/Video Festival, the Boston Jewish Film Festival, the Boston French Film Festival, an Iranian Film Festival, and an African Film Festival.

Now that all of Boston’s independent and art cinemas have closed, the Museum of Fine Arts is often the only place in town to find a foreign film.

Contributed by Ron Newman

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 18, 2005 at 8:36 am

The West Wing, which contains Remis Auditorium, opened in 1981. However, the museum’s film program goes back to the late 1950s. Where did they show films before Remis opened?

snorwood
snorwood on February 22, 2005 at 8:35 am

The MFA just installed new Kinoton projectors this past week. They have the best picture quality in town (by far).

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 24, 2005 at 3:51 pm

re: “Where did they show films before Remis opened?"
There was another auditorium that was accessed by walking in directly from the main entrance which was then on Huntington Avenue. (The entrance is still there but not used.) The auditorium , as I recall, was straight ahead once you walked in. I have a feeling you had to walk up a flight of stairs first. The gift shop was on the right of that Huntington entrance. The auditorium was fitted with ancient cast-iron frame seats which were about as comfortable as medieval torture racks. It was a nice space, however, and the screen-to-audience angle was better than the weird one in Remis. There was excellent programming even back in the 1960s when I started going, generally 16mm rentals from the standard distributors, although there wasn’t the length and breadth of offerings that you have now, and they weren’t every day. Later on the programs became more extensive. I remember a nice series of rarities from George Eastman House that included a 35mm print of the German version of Garbo’s "Anna Christie.” Does anyone know when the new auditorium opened?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 24, 2005 at 4:12 pm

The West Wing was dedicated on Friday, July 17, 1981 and opened to the public the following Wednesday, July 22. I don’t know when the first film was shown in Remis, but if it wasn’t that day, it was probably shortly thereafter.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 8, 2010 at 9:43 am

The MFA is opening a second auditorium as part of the Art of the Americas Wing later this month. From the press release:

“the 150-seat Barbara and Theodore Alfond Auditoriumâ€"measuring 2,128 square feetâ€"for films, concerts, and lectures, located on the ground level.”

I don’t know if all film programming is moving to Alfond, or if the museum will continue to use Remis as well.

EdwardFindlay
EdwardFindlay on March 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm

The Alfond and the Remis are being both being used for film screenings and on some days in simultaneous use for performances so unless they decide to renovate for additional storage space the Remis is going to stay open as a theater…

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