Brattle Theatre

Brattle Theatre

Indie Movie Theater · Harvard Square
40 Brattle St (Harvard Square), Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
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  • Today
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Tue–Thu
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 5:00 PM–Midnight
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • Noon–10:00 PM
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The Brattle Theatre is Cambridge's only independent cinema, showing films since 1953. We play the best in classic, cutting-edge, foreign, and art-house films. We also feature first-run films, new releases of classics, and repertory programs covering directors and genres.


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    R. Andrew H.
    "Great Classic Films"(3 Tips)
    "Great popcorn prices and a balcony."(4 Tips)
    Christina M.
    "Now serving 5-6 varieties of Massachusetts-brewed Pretty Things beer"(2 Tips)
    Ryan E.
    "usually have a couple of Cambridge Brewing beers on tap"(2 Tips)
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  • Peter K.

    The selection of movies the have are great. I get exposed to great cinema from them

    Peter Kuli · August 30
  • Dana C.

    Fun place to see old movies on the big screen. Concessions are reasonably priced, too. Don't skip the popcorn with real butter :)

    Dana Catalfamo · July 6
  • Seong Hyun H.

    Nice comfy little theatre.

    Seong Hyun Hwang · March 18
  • Jake F.

    Why the helk don't more theaters have rear projectors!?

    Jake Friedman · January 10
  • Brattle Theatre

    Amazing things are in store for you during our William Castle series when you experience EMERGO, PERCEPTO & ILLUSION-O!!!

    Brattle Theatre · October 21, 2014
  • William M T.

    Check out author events hosted by Harvard Bookstore.

    William M Tammick III · October 14, 2014
  • Nick S.

    Don't forget to grab a brew, or two

    Nick Scott · September 27, 2014
  • Eric O.

    Check the calendar for upcoming films - but also events such as book signings!

    Eric O · September 5, 2014
  • Katie

    your go-to venue for classic, independent, international & documentary films. add a CBC brew & you're set.

    Katie · August 9, 2014
  • Ari J.

    Old movies and cool special events. Beer, wine, and chocolate bars are great.

    Ari Jones · August 7, 2014
  • Lauren S.

    Best popcorn in the Boston area

    Lauren Siegert · August 6, 2014
  • Anna O.

    Join the e-mail list, updates are definitely worth getting!

    Anna Offerman · January 11, 2014
  • Bianca

    Lots of great double features and fun series.

    Bianca · June 11, 2013
  • Ryan E.

    The Brattle serves great beer. They usually have a couple of Cambridge Brewing beers on tap and big bottles from Pretty Things & Ipswich. Cheers!

    Ryan Evans · January 6, 2013
  • Tom O.

    The popcorn is real popcorn, but it unsalted. If you like classic super salty movie theater popcorn, be sure to add plenty of it yourself. And the butter is real butter! Awesome.

    Tom O · December 20, 2012
  • Kidoinfo

    Great popcorn prices and a balcony.

    Kidoinfo · November 24, 2012
  • Lily B.

    Sit on the balcony to get away with laughing inappropriately during the movie. Catch their double features when you can!

    Lily B · November 18, 2012
  • SundanceTV

    This place is great for indie films, dusted-off classics, hilarious series, fun one-off events & and awesome visits. They also serve great beer!

    SundanceTV · July 13, 2012
  • BU Today

    Showing classic, independent, foreign, and art-house films, this not-for-profit theater is one of the few remaining to use rear projection (located behind the screen, rather than behind the audience.) Read more

    BU Today · March 20, 2012
  • robin c.

    The concession stand doesn't take Amex (despite them having the foursquare deal)!

    robin c · March 17, 2012
  • Jake S.

    The soft drinks they serve are unusually tasty; I prefer the Ginger Ale.

    Jake Smith · March 11, 2012
  • BU Student Activities

    Hey BU Seniors! Show your BUID and get a ticket for just $7.75!

    BU Student Activities · February 24, 2012
  • TC K.

    Best seats in the house are in the front right or left of the balcony...nothing better in the whole area!

    TC Kirkham · January 16, 2012
  • Cathy N.

    The Oreo ice cream is amazing!

    Cathy N. · November 8, 2011
  • FutureM

    Over 100 years old, the Brattle Theatre is one of the few theaters in the country to still be using a projector behind the screen.

    FutureM · August 8, 2011
  • Christina M.

    Now serving 5-6 varieties of Massachusetts-brewed Pretty Things beer in 22-ounce bottles, plus 3 Cambridge Brewing Company beers on tap, and red and white wine.

    Christina Miller · July 17, 2011
  • Stephen M.

    A rare art house theater. Try picking a classic or foreign film you've never heard of before.

    Stephen McVerry · June 19, 2011
  • Lauren P.

    They put real butter on the popcorn, and the beer selection is pretty fancy.

    Lauren Plavisch · June 12, 2011
  • The Feast

    Screens classic films regularly. Go on the weekend for a double-feature matinee. Serves beer & wine.

    The Feast · June 7, 2011
  • John S.

    Always keep an eye on the schedule. They show some real gems.

    John Saylor · January 28, 2011
  • Harvard University

    Independently owned/run, this single screen rear-projected theatre since 1953 (built in 1890) is known for foreign, independent and classic films, and especially repertory programming. Read more

    Harvard University · July 7, 2010
  • R. Andrew H.

    Great Classic Films Read more

    R. Andrew Holleron · April 5, 2010
  • Ryan E.

    They've got a balcony!

    Ryan Evans · February 11, 2010
  • Joshua G.

    Now serving beer

    Joshua Green · August 15, 2009

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