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Movie Guide

Where to make your moviegoing an experience



f you’ve been inside the Wang Theatre at the Citi Performing Arts Center, you have no doubt been impressed. Opened in 1925 as the Metropolitan, it was modeled on a Louis XIV palace by designer Clarence Blackall, who also was the architect of the Copley Plaza Hotel. And here’s the surprise: It was built not to stage live dramas, but to show movies. There was a time when movie theaters were as much about the setting as they were about what was projected on their screens. But now, it’s all about providing its customers with the utmost entertainment by streaming films through a digital cinema package to keep them going back for more. Even the pre-movie ads have an impact on whether customers will return. However, the setting also plays a big part in this. Another secret: There are still a few of those around. So skip the megaplex and stick with us for some great places to see movies, where the experience is as important as the film.


Where to learn a little something at the movies.


Beer and wine with your popcorn? A cinema concession stand you’ll really like.


Sure, the stars take limos to the movies. But you can watch a movie from the back seat of a limo.


Where to see classic American and foreign films, cheap


How to go behind the scenes of Boston movie lore by minibus.


Where to find one of the world’s largest collections of Hollywood memorabilia.


How to join a club for people who like movies as much as you do.


A movie theater with some unexpected extras