Coolidge Corner Theatre

290 Harvard Street,
Brookline, MA 02446

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chitchatjf
chitchatjf on January 18, 2014 at 7:11 pm

A membership for me would not be practical due to the fact I would have to travel 2 hours each way to get to the cinema. I was able to go there for the American Hustle preview screening last month. I was sort of disappointed that not only the director appearance was in the screen as opposed to in person, the performance was recorded the preceding evening a far cry from my dream of the event the prior evening which featured an in person appearance by Jennifer Lawrence. The evening was still enjoyable and worth the trip. I was quite impressed in how the curtain opened just at the start.

I was also disappointed that the Sundance screening would be of a documentary as opposed to a Comedy or drama film. Had it not been the Bulger film I would have gotten tickets.

SteveBurstein
SteveBurstein on June 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I went there as a really little kid in the late 60s-early 70s. Who Remembers:The Weechi-Wachi springs ad(“Get your souvenir orange today”), those weird Eastern European and Mexican children’s films, “The Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Monsters”, “Eyes of Hell”(“The Mask”)with scenes in 3-D, that Herb Alpert style music they always played before the movie…………

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 13, 2012 at 2:17 am

An article about the theater’s reluctant and expensive conversion to digital can be read here.

thejaytrixorlikeyouknow
thejaytrixorlikeyouknow on August 15, 2012 at 10:08 am

Can’t wait to see “The Master” here in 70mm.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on August 14, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Exclusive 70mm engagement of “The Master” confirmed: Link

Hammerklavier
Hammerklavier on January 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Came here right when they were doing extensive renovations around 2001. Repair-work and scaffoldings were everywhere, but the theater was still gorgeous.

I saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and during the follow-the-boucing-ball scene, EVERYONE in the audience sang along to the lyrics at full pitch. Coolest cinematic/theatrical experience to date.

thejaytrixorlikeyouknow
thejaytrixorlikeyouknow on December 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I absolutely love this theatre. It’s one of those main auditoriums that gives you shivers.

MPol
MPol on August 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I love the Coolidge Corner Theatre, and I always will. Holding an annual membership there really helps.

ffoulkrodrogers
ffoulkrodrogers on August 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

Saw Midnight in Paris there recently which was showing in the lovely Art Deco main theatre. Went to school in Boston in the 60’s, but don’t remember going here then.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

Yankee Magazine has named the Coolidge Corner as one of the five top movie theaters in New England. The other four are in Dennis MA, Newport RI, Concord NH and Waterville ME. The judge was veteran local movie man Garen Daly. The listing in Yankee was reported in a small item in today’s Boston Sunday Herald. It says that these five cinemas “have found a unique voice, one that represents the communities in which they dwell.”

spectrum
spectrum on November 14, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Their website now has panoramic views of the auditorium and lobby; they also completed a renovation in 2006.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 20, 2010 at 1:52 pm

My recollection is that the original front entrance was converted to fast-order restaurant use when the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation took control, around 1989. Originally there was still a door leading from the restaurant into the theatre lobby, but I think that’s gone (or permanently locked) now.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 16, 2010 at 7:31 am

Item in Boxoffice magazine, January 18, 1960 about the Coolidge Corner adopting a first-run policy with French film The Lovers.
View link

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 7, 2010 at 10:26 am

The original entrance was in front; it was converted a long time ago into retail space. The exit doors off of the inner foyer were then converted into an entrance. So, you go down the alley along the right side of the building to enter.

RichardCWolfe
RichardCWolfe on May 7, 2010 at 10:04 am

Where is the entrance to this theatre? The 1986 photo posted above shows a normal theatre entrance, but current photos seem to suggest that the original entrance has been converted to other usage.

Does one have to walk down the alley to gain entrance to the auditorium portion of the building? What a shame that is, if in fact that is what you must do, to get into such a wonderful theatre. It would be kind of like entering a speakeasy.

chitchatjf
chitchatjf on April 11, 2010 at 6:58 am

I had never been here until yesterday.
This is a fantastic theater.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 13, 2009 at 10:27 am

The Coolidge Corner has joined the Opera in Cinemas network which presents opera and ballet performances from various European theaters. Other eastern-Mass. cinemas in the network include the Loring Hall in Hingham, The Cape Ann Community in Gloucester and the Capawock on MV island.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 26, 2009 at 7:26 am

According to today’s Boston Herald, there will be a 75th birthday celebration for the Coolidge Corner tomorrow at 7PM. The news item says that the theater opened in December 1933, which means that it turned 75 last December. There is also a new book (or “booklet”, which implies that it’s not a full-size book) entitled “Only at the Coolidge: The Story of a Remarkable Movie Theater” by Susan Quinn. Those who attend the celebration will receive a copy of the book. The celebration will include prsentations by Susan Quinn and by Justin Freed. Admission: $15.

meredithlee
meredithlee on February 23, 2009 at 11:11 am

Thanks Ron! I spent A LOT of time there, can’t believe I forgot the name!

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 23, 2009 at 11:00 am

Whoops, I linked to the wrong theatre with that name. Here’s the proper link to the former Academy Twin Cinemas in Newton Centre.

meredithlee
meredithlee on February 23, 2009 at 10:46 am

I remember sitting in the (mostly empty) balcony with school friends in 1970 watching the matinee double bill of IF IT’S TUESDAY, THIS MUST BE BELGIUM, and THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING. I don’t recall the films much, so I assume we were just talking a lot and fooling around. Same as I recall going to Fenway to see Red Sox games at the same age!
Does anyone remember the name of the little twin cinema that opened in Newton Center around the same time?

justinfielding
justinfielding on October 16, 2008 at 1:09 pm

For a look inside the Coolidge Corner Theatre (and the long-shuttered Wollaston Theater), please check out our “A Tale of Two Cinemas”:

http://www.castparty.com/cinemas.html

MPol
MPol on August 20, 2008 at 5:32 pm

Thanks for submitting the photos, Lost Memory. The Coolidge Corner Theatre marquee is handsome even in the daytime, but it’s especially fantastic-looking at night, when it’s all lit up.