Boston Area’s Best Independent Movie Theaters

July 30, 2012 6:00 AM

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From a cozy theater on a winter’s day to the Boston Hatch Shell on a balmy summer night, Boston has plenty of choices for movie lovers. Among these choices are several independent movie theaters that show more than just current big-budget productions. Often for less money than a typical movie theater ticket, these theaters show second runs and much more. Even people who prefer current big-budget films can find what they are looking for in Boston’s quality independent theaters.

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Capitol Theatre
204 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 648-4340

The Capitol Theatre is a place that gives its patrons a little bit of both worlds. It shows new hit movies as well as independent films and family-friendly films. The theater opened in 1925 and retains much of its original Jazz Age decor. The Capitol Theatre offers birthday party packages and even has an ice cream parlor — The Capitol Creamery — right around the corner.

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Landmark Kendall Square Cinema
1 Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 499-1995

The Landmark Kendall Square Cinema is much newer than its name suggests, having opened in 1995. However, its films are eclectic in both genre and release date. This cinema plays classic films, foreign language films, documentaries and independent films. Visitors may also catch an event in the building, such as a premiere or a film festival.

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Somerville Theatre
55 Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 625-5700</

The Somerville Theatre shows current films and a mix of other films. It also has live comedy, music, magic and much more. Live performances have different prices than films and can vary. With tickets to either a film or a live performance, guests get free admission to the Museum of Bad Art in the basement of the theater.

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Stuart Street Playhouse
Theatre 1
200 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 457-2623

The Stuart Street Playhouse is one of the most well-known theaters in Boston. It is just a block from the Boston Common, so it is not far from a nice stroll and a good meal. Unfortunately, it is not a run-of-the-mill theater where individuals can grab a seat and a ticket any time it is open. It is an event location, so screenings are typically for premieres or film festivals. Nonetheless, the atmosphere is one of luxury and relaxation, one no movie lover in Boston should miss.

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Entertainment Cinemas
168 Alewife Brook Parkway
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-2900

Entertainment Cinemas in Cambridge has all of the latest films, including some in 3D. However, it also has special presentations of groups of films around a theme that are not in average theaters. Comedy, drama, horror, second-run or independent, Entertainment Cinemas has it. Though not as standout as other local theaters, Entertainment Cinemas is a good option for an independent movie night.

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