Boston has a bustling entertainment scene, accented by a passionate film culture. There are a handful of independent movie theaters throughout the Boston area, each one with unique programs, events and themes. Check out the theaters below for a singularly Boston movie-watching experience.

Brattle Theatre

Tucked away on Brattle Street in Harvard Square, this theater is a local neighborhood favorite. Screening both the off-beat and well-beloved classics like The Princess Bride, the Brattle also participates in film festivals and hosts Q&As with filmmakers. Enjoy a drink, popcorn, or other movie snacks.

40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Coolidge Corner Theatre

In the heart of Brookline, this Coolidge Corner cinema offers all sorts of cinematic experiences—from classic black and white films, to new releases, special screenings and others. With themed programs like Opera at the Cinema, Senior Matinees, Science on Screen and much more, Coolidge Corner Theatre has something for every kind of movie lover.

290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Kendall Square Cinema

While part of the larger group of Landmark Theaters, Kendall Square Cinema offers a smaller, more intimate movie-viewing experience. In addition to screening cutting edge films, both Hollywood and independent, this Cambridge theater hosts special events like limited screenings and local premieres. Check out the website for podcasts and letters from directors before going to see a film.

One Kendall Square, 355 Binney Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

The Screening Room at Paramount Center

Paramount Center at Emerson College, while it hosts many live performances, also has a film screening program that takes place in the screening room. There are often Q&As and discussions following a film. Among other events, the Paramount Center hosts screenings for festivals such as the Boston International Film Festival, the LGBT Film Festival and more.

559 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111