There are over 20 movie theaters between Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Braintree and neighboring towns. With many of them playing the same new releases, it can be difficult to decipher which will offer up the most pleasurable experience. We’ve narrowed them down to our top 5 Boston movie theaters, based on seat comfort, proximity and accessibility, snack options and of course viewing experience! Lights, camera, action:
AMC, multiple locations
The classic movie theater chain has locations all over the city. You can reserve your seat in advance, and they’re always super comfortable. This is the spot to catch the latest new releases. You can also “dine-in” and enjoy food service to your seats without disturbing your neighbors. Find your local AMC at one of these locations:
- Boston Common, Boston
- Assembly Row, Somerville
- South Bay Center, Dorchester
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Built as a church in 1906 and renovated into an Art Deco cinema, the Coolidge Corner Theatre has kept its old-school charm for nearly 100 years. The tiny theatre boasts a main viewing room for new releases in addition to more intimate 16-count rooms that feel more like a family viewing experience.
The Coolidge Corner Theatre is always throwing it back, highlighting 35mm films in addition to old re-runs, movie marathons, and odes to Hip Hop this August.
Landmark Kendall Square Cinema
If you can’t decide whether you want a modern viewing experience like the AMC or a retro vibe like Coolidge Corner, the Landmark is a happy medium. The digital cinema shows new releases, but it is also known for its wide assortment of hard-to-find indie and foreign films.
Alamo Drafthouse, Seaport
The new cinema will soon open its first New England location in Seaport. Known for die-hard movie fans, the upscale cinema also has a no cell phone and no talking rule that is strictly enforced. If you’re caught so much as chatting, you’ll be asked to leave. The Texas-born chain also has delicious award-winning cuisine. They also host special fun “dress up” screenings encouraging guests to wear an outfit that reflects the era of the film they’re watching!
Brattle Theatre, Harvard Square
The Harvard Square mainstay is the home of many film festivals and special screenings. With just one room and 225 seats, decision making comes easy at this Cambridge movie theater.