Off The Wall Cinema

15 Pearl Street,
Cambridge, MA 02139

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DaleTheSmall on September 4, 2016 at 11:09 pm

Steve Burstein! Wow, I was just thinking about you last week…no joke! How’s by you, Groucho??

MaxAndDave on September 2, 2016 at 4:46 am

Steve Burstein. Hmmm. Didn’t you once do a routine about the Three Stooges performing Shakespeare?

SteveBurstein on September 2, 2016 at 1:41 am

I performed at Off the Wall, during “Comedy Clubhouse at Off the Wall” hosted by Ron Lynch, with local theatre legend Dorothy Dwyer and Burlesque Queen Cyndi Freeman.

rausifer on February 13, 2016 at 10:50 pm

Sadly, I don’t. When it reopens I will have to negotiate with Michael. :)

MaxAndDave on February 10, 2016 at 5:20 pm

I did work there. I was usually behind the counter doling out cheesecake and congo bars, running the projector or cleaning up between shows. Sometimes all three! I still have my lifetime membership, of course. Hope you have yours!

rausifer on February 10, 2016 at 4:45 pm

You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I’m sorry I didn’t post it sooner. Did you work there? If so, God bless you. I absolutely loved that place and it was a privilege to meet Michael and David who were so friendly and helpful. -Rick

MaxAndDave on February 10, 2016 at 1:48 pm

rausifer, thank you for holding onto that ancient footage all these years and especially for posting it! It was really fun to see Michael and David and the theatre (and the funky old office). It really brought me back. Looking forward to the finished piece.

rausifer on February 10, 2016 at 3:06 am

OK, it’s up! WARNING – I’m using an “evaluation copy” of capture software so don’t turn up your speakers too loud! Working on the “finished” piece now… much shorter so should take less time…

MaxAndDave on February 8, 2016 at 2:16 pm

Hey, looking forward!

rausifer on February 8, 2016 at 4:34 am

Thanks, I will. It is still uploading, sorry… I have a very poor connection here. Probably won’t be done till tomorrow morning.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 8, 2016 at 1:11 am

You need to make the video public or else none of us can watch it.

rausifer on February 8, 2016 at 1:02 am

Hi everybody – I have finally gotten around to uploading my student TV project about Off The Wall! I’m uploading 2 videos – the first is the “raw footage” which was better quality because it is 3rd generation (keep in mind this is 30+ yr old ½" open reel tape!). The second is the piece itself which is about 4 minutes long. Here is the link to the first: I will put up the second tomorrow if/when the first one finishes uploading tomorrow!

MaxAndDave on July 31, 2015 at 12:00 am

A true classic. RIP George Coe.

mae10 on July 30, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Not quite the same as watching it at OTW, but De Duva — one of our all-time favorites for sure — is available here:

michaelnicholson on July 30, 2015 at 2:08 pm

George Coe passed away on July 18. He was 86. George will always be remembered as the producer, director and star of one of OTW’s favorite films, “De Duva (The Dove), an Oscar nominated short in 1968. Quoting lines of dialogue became a favorite passtime among OTW staff and patrons. The film was also notable for the film debut of Madeline Kahn ("Phallican symbol?).

michaelnicholson on July 13, 2015 at 7:58 pm

I’m sorry to say that animator Jane Aaron died on June 27. The cause was cancer. She was 67. Jane’s film “Remains of the Day” was in the last “Magic Movies” show at OTW. Like Karen Aqua, Jane worked for Sesame Street, completing almost 200 shorts: the letter X, numbers 1-20, and many Elmo’s World segments. michaelnicholson

thestarofmyworld on June 28, 2015 at 10:48 pm

Yes, I remember Saturday viewings of betty boop. I was about seven, I believe. my mother took more than once.

MaxAndDave on June 24, 2015 at 1:13 am

Hey thestarofmyworld, that’s very cool! Do you remember any particular animations or experiences you had there?

thestarofmyworld on June 23, 2015 at 11:49 pm

I have many fond memories of this erstwhile theater. The animation viewings were an integral part of my childhood and interest in film, theater, and writing; and I always enjoyed the cafe ambiance about it.

michaelnicholson on December 9, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Hard to believe, but this Saturday, December 13, is the 40th anniversary of our opening opening night. International Animation if I remember correctly. The following morning saw the first of our Alternative Family Cinema shows. michaelnicholson

MaxAndDave on August 29, 2014 at 12:21 am

Very cool, thedragonb! What year(s) would that have been? Do you remember any particular shows?

thedragonb on August 28, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Aaah, I remember Off The Wall cinema on Main Street, Cambridge as a child. I attended one of their animation afternoons one weekend where they showed cartoons and such. :) Very cool time. Grounds roots venue! :) Mad hippyish vibe! Between this Central Sq. Cinema and The Orson Welles, Cambridge had it going on back in the day! :)

DaleTheSmall on April 10, 2014 at 1:31 am

Cool! Thanks! Heh heh.

michaelnicholson on April 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm

You can reach me at .

zanelumelsky on April 8, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Have been searching for “I Need a Head” but to no avail. Researcher at Library of Congress is currently trying for me. Also, there were more great films that I saw at OTW that I’d like to know about a view again. Can I talk with you directly. How?