Harvard SquareDespite being a busy city, Boston, Massachusetts still manages to retain a lot of unique landmarks and sights that help define its culture and set it apart from other cities. Local movie theaters are a key part of this identity. Despite the way companies in all fields are consolidating to stay afloat, independent movie houses remain part of Boston's charm.

Here are three of the most popular movie houses enjoyed by tourists and residents alike:

The Brattle Theatre
, Harvard Square - For all art-house and foreign features, the Brattle is the place to go. Opened during the Victorian era, the Brattle started out as a vaudeville venue. With the turn of the century and the rise of film, the theater eventually redfined itself and found its niche as a place to screen foreign pictures in 1953. It's owners screened the German movie Der Hauptmann von Kopenick (The Captain from Kopenick), and the Brattle has been known as quaint place to see lesser-known movies ever since.
Harvard SquareDespite being a busy city, Boston, Massachusetts still manages to retain a lot of unique landmarks and sights that help define its culture and set it apart from other cities. Local movie theaters are a key part of this identity. Despite the way companies in all fields are consolidating to stay afloat, independent movie houses remain part of Boston's charm.

Here are three of the most popular movie houses enjoyed by tourists and residents alike:

The Brattle Theatre
, Harvard Square -- For all art-house and foreign features, the Brattle is the place to go. Opened during the Victorian era, the Brattle started out as a vaudeville venue. With the turn of the century and the rise of film, the theater eventually re-defined itself and found its niche as a place to screen foreign pictures in 1953. Its owners screened the German movie 'Der Hauptmann von Kopenick' ('The Captain From Kopenick'), and the Brattle has been known as quaint place to see lesser-known movies ever since.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline -- More contemporary independent films make up the roster at Coolidge Corner. Established in the 1930s, this non-profit theater prides itself on maintaining an ornate, luxury building but allowing visitors to buy a ticket for less than ten dollars to catch the latest independent releases. Coolidge Corner also brings in shorts from Sundance and Oscar nominations each year and, after midnight, allows fans to view some of their favorite modern hits.

Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge -- One of the newer theaters in Boston, Kendall Square Cinema is actually part of the Landmark Theatres independent movie house chain. Don't underestimate it, though, because it's been voted the top move theater in Boston in a variety of magazines since it opened. Located next to the MIT campus, Kendall shows a mixture of contemporary indie movies, foreign-language features and a host of documentaries that can otherwise be hard to find.
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