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Form your own breakaway cinematic republic and swear off mainstream movies, at least temporarily, with today’s Groupon: $30 for a regular membership (including 12 tickets) plus three bonus tickets to the Brattle Theatre, a $104 combined value. This historic Harvard Square gem has roots stretching back 120 years. The original incarnation of the Brattle predates Hollywood, motion pictures, and bottoms-only male swimwear; nowadays, you can catch art-house, foreign, classic, and select first-run flicks you won’t find elsewhere, including favorites such as Triple Blood Score: The Pentagon’s Secret War on Scrabble.
Your membership will be valid for a year and will give you access to a plethora of perks alongside theater admission:
- $1.50 discount on admission once you’ve inevitably exhausted your 15 passes
- coupon for one large popcorn and two regular drinks
- discounts at local stores and restaurants
- 25% discount on Brattle merchandise
- free movie-calendar subscription
The Brattle boasts a horizon-expanding array of movies every day. Check out the list of upcoming features to get a feel for what’s offered. Your membership passes are good for regular movies, as well as select special events when indicated. The theater specializes in repertory programming, which means it shows films from a particular director, genre, or subject over the course of a week or month, so you can fall in love, hate, or have a passionately critical analysis with an agitprop auteur or a sleazy subgenre. Click here to see past listings from this format. We’re still holding our breath for the Mighty Ducks triple feature.
Now that summer is over, hang up your striped, full-body bathing suit and settle in for a winter full of fascinating cinema. Impress dates with your discriminating taste and ability to read subtitles in English. Propose an outing to the theater, and casually mention, “Oh, I have passes.” Subtly display the complimentary film calendar on your fridge, camouflaging its embarrassing contents with a patina of culture. Since individual tickets are $9.75 each, this Groupon costs about as much as three trips to the Brattle, or one trip with your mail carrier and student-loan officer.
Nearly 80 Yelpers gave Brattle Theatre a 4.5-star average, Insider Pagers give it a perfect five, and LilaGuide.com reviewers give it four: > * Their schedule is a lot of fun and often encompasses a variety of types of shows. If nothing else, grab a schedule if you ever pass by! I guarantee you’ll see something you’ll like. – Andrew T., Insider Pages > * Brilliant place - they run really good features, following different themes, and play films here that you cannot find on the screen anywhere else. – Teri B., Insider Pages > * Where else would you see Troll 2 with most of the original cast in attendance one night, and then on another see an advance screening of the Darjeeling Limited with Wes Anderson doing a Q&A session afterwards? – Shawn W., Yelp
Salvaged Silent Cinema
Tragically, many early silent films have been destroyed due to the flammability of early nitrocellulose filmstock (nitrocellulose being the original Latin for “double dynamite”). However, with the remaining sections of various partially destroyed films, modern editors have been able to stitch together the scraps to create a hybrid super-masterpiece. Here is the synopsis:
- It is a dark and windy night. The streetlamps are extinguished by the forceful gale and the sun shines brightly over an extremely questionable portrayal of an indigenous culture. Meanwhile, indoors, a man with a mustache is really frustrated about something. He kisses a woman and she faints, kind of, or possibly dies. There is a raging snowstorm and then a vampire happens. An official is called in for a reading of the will, or possibly a wedding, and then the happy couple, or bereaved siblings, take off with joy, unless it’s grief, in an elaborate experimental aeroplane that looks like it may not work, but then goes on to actually not work. Fin.
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The Brattle Theatre
The Brattle Theatre’s screens have been glowing with an eclectic slate of films since 1953, but its cultural legacy stretches back to 1890 when it first opened as a live theater. Its productions seemed destined to eventually intertwine with the burgeoning Hollywood industry, and today, the venue keeps its artistic roots alive by showing a full roster of classic, foreign, and independent movies. The cinema-savvy staff frequently bundles pictures into special repertory series—past programs have centered around a vast array of topics, ranging from tributes to Greta Garbo and Ingmar Bergman to a series of documentaries on Clark Gable's mustache. To bolster the cinematic experience, moviegoers snack on locally-made concessions including traditional box office candy as well as baked goods and beer.