Brattle Theatre

40 Brattle Street,
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Brattle Theatre is located on the first floor of historic Brattle Hall, off Harvard Square.

Although the theater is primarily a venue for movies and concerts, it once hosted a live theater company.

Contributed by Cathy Novick

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theauteur on December 27, 2008 at 8:32 pm

When I saw Once Upon a Time in the West here, it was one of the best memories of going to the movies. Seeing that 35mm print was like seeing the film for the first time as if it just came out. I love the Brattle, and would love to get a job there some day, even doing concession.

Does anyone know anything about Boston’s Projectionist Union?

I would love to get in contact with them about getting a job, if able to.

The theater I work for in NH just closed down, but I would love to get a job at another great theater. Check out the Ioka Theater in Exeter, NH. It is a forgotton gem hidden in the small town of Exeter, NH.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 2, 2009 at 10:57 am

There are occasional and infrequent live performances at the Brattle. On Jan. 18 there will be a concert by “Department of Eagles”.

MPol on January 2, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Just out of curiosity, what kind of a group is “Department of Eagles”? I’ve never heard of them before.

The Brattle Theatre—yes..another great old theatre. We need it to stay open..forever and ever.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 21, 2009 at 10:53 pm

As of June 10, the Brattle Theatre now sells beer from Cambridge Brewing Company. They will soon begin selling wine as well.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 9, 2011 at 1:18 am

Man goes crazy at the Brattel over an out of focus showing of The Sound Of Music:


MrDJDude on January 9, 2011 at 1:18 am

Wow, I just saw this story – guy smashed the concession stand at the Brattle. Why? Because Sound Of Music was out of focus for five minutes. I can only assume he was denied a refund or something, but that’s still a poor reason to destroy property.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 9, 2011 at 4:48 am

Fortunately, the Brattle was open and selling concessions as usual the following night when I saw The Princess Bride. Film nearly filled the theatre for a 9:30 show, too.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 10, 2011 at 11:38 am

The musical “Godspell”, produced by Moonbox Productions, was on stage at the Brattle this weekend. The reviewer in today’s Boston Sunday Herald gives it high marks, except for the theater itself. Although the Brattle was originally a live theater, he implies that it’s not suitable for live productions today.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm

What an interesting life he seems to have led. Here’s an excerpt from the NY Times obituary:

Cyrus I. Harvey, a quirky entrepreneur who created two significant brands in disparate fields â€" Janus Films, a distributor of movies by international directors like Bergman, Fellini and Kurosawa, and Crabtree & Evelyn, the purveyor of aromatic soaps and botanicals â€" died Thursday in Dayville, Conn. He was 85 and lived in Woodstock, Conn.

Janus Films, founded in 1956, grew from his part ownership of the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, Mass., which he and a partner, the actor Bryant Haliday, had transformed from a live-theater venue to a movie house that showed the art films Mr. Harvey had grown to love as a Fulbright scholar in Paris.

“Instead of spending two years at the Sorbonne, he spent two years at the cinémathèque,” his wife said.

Mr. Harvey and Mr. Haliday showed Janus films at the Brattle and at the 55th Street Playhouse in New York. They had named the company for a Roman god usually depicted with two heads facing in different directions.

DavidSimpson on August 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

On a visit in July 2012 I was told the Brattle used to be a lecture theatre for Harvard University, becoming a full-time cinema in 1950. It has 235 seats and, unusually, uses rear projection, with two 35mm projectors on changeover. The programming is extremely imaginative; the staff very welcoming. A lovely cinema!

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