Brattle Theatre

Brattle Theatre

40 Brattle St (Harvard Square), Cambridge, MA 02138
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    • 4:00 PM–9:00 PM
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    • 4:00 PM–9:00 PM
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    • 4:00 PM–11:00 PM
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    • 10:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Mon–Tue
    • 4:00 PM–9:00 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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Studio Ghibli, Pee-wee Herman, Muppets, David Bowie & more are featured in KIDS' MOVIES NOT JUST FOR KIDS, April 18–23 at The Brattle!
Tax Day is coming! Fill out your 27b/6 and get a receipt for your receipt, then come watch BRAZIL on April 15th!
Tax Day is coming! Fill out your 27b/6 and get a receipt for your receipt, then come watch BRAZIL on April 15th!
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  • "... Dig writers love the DocYard series. Oh and they serve beer." (3 tips)
  • "... independent and classic films, and especially repertory programming." (3 tips)
  • "... have a couple of Cambridge Brewing beers on tap and big bottles from Pretty..." (2 tips)
  • 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
  • Ryan E.

    They've got a balcony!

    Ryan E. · February 11, 2010
  • Joshua G.

    Now serving beer

    Joshua G. · August 15, 2009
  • 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 E. · January 6, 2013
  • robin c.

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

    robin c. · March 17, 2012
  • 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
  • The Feast

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

    The Feast · June 7, 2011
  • DigBoston

    Boston's staple for outstanding alternative movies. Bring your friends, bring your date, or go by yourself; and enjoy some quality movies while sipping ice-cold beer. -Dig #StudentGuide, Boston Cinema Read more

    DigBoston · September 4, 2013
  • Jake S.

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

    Jake S. · March 11, 2012
  • 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 M. · July 17, 2011
  • Valeria V.

    Saw We Live in Public at the Brattle! AMAZING FILM about where our internet obsession may be headed. MUST SEE!

    Valeria V. · September 6, 2009
  • Scott S.

    Great Harvard Book Store events; tonight is Ben Mezrich, author of Bringing Down The House and The Accidental Billionaires.

    Scott S. · July 16, 2009
  • Brandon C.

    The DocYard welcomes filmmaker AJ Schnack for Q+A following a screening of his latest film CAUCUS, Tue 2/11 at 7pm. Full details at

    Brandon C. · February 9
  • Anna O.

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

    Anna O. · January 11
  • Bianca

    Lots of great double features and fun series.

    Bianca · June 11, 2013
  • DigBoston

    Keeping things awesome and out of the mainstream. Dig writers love the DocYard series. Oh and they serve beer. Read more

    DigBoston · April 11, 2013
  • Seline J.

    Hosts The DocYard, "a biweekly film and discussion series," every other Monday celebrating new documentary filmmakers and the aspects of the documentary that make it so great.

    Seline J. · February 17, 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
  • BU Student Activities

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

    BU Student Activities · February 24, 2012
  • Sonciary H.

    Yes, they serve adult beverages.

    Sonciary H. · January 30, 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 K. · January 16, 2012
  • Cathy N.

    The Oreo ice cream is amazing!

    Cathy N. · November 8, 2011
  • Stephen M.

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

    Stephen M. · June 19, 2011
  • Lauren P.

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

    Lauren P. · June 12, 2011
  • John S.

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

    John S. · January 28, 2011
  • R. Andrew H.

    Great Classic Films Read more

    R. Andrew H. · April 5, 2010

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