|Address:||290 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446, USA|
I think the Coolidge Corner Theater goes out of its way to hire the rudest people to work there. From the people who sell the tickets to the guys who clean the theaters. For some reason they all look the same, like wannabe hipsters in all black clothes and eyeglasses with heavy black frames. Like they all went to the same bad film school and now think they are working in the film industry because they work in a movie theater. They are very condescending to the paying customers. The Coolidge depends on the community for support; the people who work there dont seem to get that. They are rude and condescending and herd the customers around and even yell at them. Today I went upstairs a few minutes early to wait for a show in the small theater upstairs. The guy who cleans the theater yelled "go downstairs like you were told." Everyone was shocked. Do you really want to pay 12 dollars for a ticket to sit in a tiny room, watch a movie on a tiny screen and get yelled at? They dont have enough room inside for people who arrive a few minutes early. Everyone has to stand outside, no matter how cold until just before the movie starts. No matter how much you love the movies these unfortunate creeps will ruin the experience. Dont waste your money at the Coolidge; you are better off seeing independent films at the Kendall where the staff will treat you like a human!
This theater is one of the most important establishments in Coolidge Corner and adds to this restaurant and shopping districts character. Its really the main entertainment center in the neighborhood. In addition to being located between Upper Crust Pizza, Otto Pizza, and Paris Creperie, there are several good bars and coffee shops nearby. So you can get a bite to eat with friends or share a couple of drinks before and after the movie you watch. In addition to the independent films screened here, there are always screenings of classics and cult favorites that match the season, and several Boston area businesses have special events at the theater. If youre in the area, its definitely worth checking out. The screening rooms are a thing of beauty.
Mary Beth Holman
Privately owned movie theater showing highly acclaimed and art house films as well as special programming including discussions with films actors, directors and producers, science talks, opera and Londons National Theatre screenings, midnight classics and collaborations with the Brookline Booksmith. Big perk is that decent beer and wine are sold on site and you can bring food into the movie theatre. Otto across the street (decent thin crust pizza), JP Licks also on Harvard St (wide variety of unique ice cream flavors), and Peets Coffee across from Otto (decent pastries) are great options if youre hungry. Two big thumbs up!
I like this movie theatre. I love their selection and their commitment to bringing different movies. I love their independent movies and their midnight screenings are fun weekend activity. Its great that offer some good student and senior discounts and membership options.The staff is always very nice and helpful. The one gripe I have is with their small theaters- which are a nice different experience with plush chairs and an intimate space but last time I went there, a guy was snoring and the room is so small it ruined most of the film. Just be beware i guess but I still definitely still be back.
A Private User
This beautiful theatre was one of my favorite until they unceremoniously booted the annual Boston Science-Fiction Marathon, after nearly 15 years there. Bad decision. Fans were told the management did this so they could book mainstream commercial films on the holiday weekend, which is not supposed to be a part of the cinemas mission. The Marathon, which draws fans from across the country and boosts the local economy, moved to Somerville Theatre, so thats a happy ending. But Ive never set foot in the Coolidge again. Too bad.
There is a gorgeous hall with very beautiful art nouveau decorations. I wish the movie selection was better: although they do not show the worst commercial movies, little space is given to art house cinema and non-American cinema. I guess they have to adapt to the bogus arthouse mainstream to make money. Sometimes they show operas on Sunday morning at prohibitive prices, cult movies (mostly American) only after midnight. I often check the programs but there is seldom anything worth watching
The Coolidge theater is a great old fashioned theater that is clearly old and does not want to succumb to the chain movie theater formats. The concessions were good and reasonably priced. They play great art house and independent movies that are SO much better than the mainstream Hollywood movies. Unfortunately I cant give it 5 stars because I went to see "The Hateful Eight" in 70mm and the projector broke. So I had to go somewhere else. Apart from that its a great theater.
Been here twice for showings of films that werent available anywhere else. If it was closer to where I lived Id probably show up more often. Very nice theater, in particular the atmosphere with the old-fashioned theaters and the opening of the curtains. I guess one small issue is that with certain films the only option is a midnight screening, which is a bit of a hassle. I get the appeal of a midnight show, but an option to see it during the afternoon would be nice.
I wish I could have more stars to choose from. This is a great place to see a movie, for both the prices and the atmosphere. Styled like an fashion movie theater, this place looks how all movie theaters should look. Ornate ceilings, comfy chairs, the little lets all go to the lobby jingle before the film; love it! Prices arent too bad when compared to what they ask at more main stream theaters. Indy theater to the max but happy to have one close by
Visited Coolidge Corner theater for the first time last night and it is now my favorite theater. Saw a 10pm showing of Ex Machina with some friends and was surprised to find a good amount of people attending the late screening. The place has retro look with details from velvet red curtains, vintage concession ads and plus seat. They serve beer and wine, and the prices for tickets are much less then at the larger chains. I will definitely go back.
Great old cinema, beautifully kept up. Love that they show all of the independent movies along with some old classics and an occasional new hit. Even better, they have a great bar for wine and beer (allowed in the theater) and really good candies and chocolate. This is a wonderful place and a big part of our community. Membership is easy and gets us into almost everything free. And where else can you see all of the Oscar nominated shorts?
This is hands down my favorite theatre in Boston. I like it because its independent, the films they choose are incredible and they have neato events all the time. Being able to hear filmmakers talk about the film that you just saw is a really great opportunity. And the Coolidge provides those kinds of experiences during the film festivals and sprinkled throughout the year. Dont forget to become a member!
Héctor F Medina
This historic theater serves a rotating selection of New England beers, shows international and independent films, as hosts cult film nights with producers/developers in their after-midnight series. Seats and facilities are well kept, clean and comfortable, and the showrooms retain their distinct character, from the regular 100+ seat "Playhouse 1", to the intimate 12 seat goldroom.