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By Scott Roberto / September 20, 12:00 AM
High 5: Independent Cinema

Skip the cineplex and check out the latest indie, foreign and revival films at these unique venues


The Brattle: A Harvard Square institution since 1953, this non-profit specializes in screening a variety of art-house films both new and old through its themed repertory programs.

Coolidge Corner Theatre: One of the Boston area’s oldest film houses, this beloved, nationally renowned gathering spot in Brookline hosts the latest indie features along with cinema classics, children’s shows, midnight movies and more.

Kendall Square Cinema: An outpost of the vast Landmark chain, this popular nine-screen destination for new independent features and documentaries boasts modern amenities like digital projection and sound, plush seating and a beer and wine bar.

Somerville Theatre: View the latest indie and blockbuster films while savoring wine, a brew or locally made ice cream—and even catch live music or a podcast—at this fixture in Somerville’s Davis Square, a staple since 1914.

Bright Family Screening Room: Often presenting programming that dovetails with ArtsEmerson theater productions being held in the adjacent Robert J. Orchard Stage, this intimate cinema highlights thought-provoking fare.

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