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Twelve behind-the-scenes Boston movie secrets



oston movies are hot, proving that not all the glitz and glamour is in Hollywood. We’ve had our starring roles, too, and you can tour the sets by bus or on foot. Or see one of the world’s largest collections of Hollywood memorabilia—yup, it’s here—including Fred Astaire’s dancing shoes, the laurel wreath Claude Rains wore in Caesar and Cleopatra,and Gene Kelley’s Academy Award for An American in Paris. Or just enjoy going to the movies. See the best films for cheap, with commentary from directors. Or take in dinner and a movie with fellow film buffs. Or kick back at a cinema that sells beer at the concession stand. Or take home a kung-fu classic. Or watch the latest from the back seat of a limo. (Yeah, seriously.) Come behind the scenes with us to Boston’s movie secrets.


Check out one of the world’s largest collections of Hollywood memorabilia.


Join a club for people who share a love of film.


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 find a bar you’ve already been to—at the movies


A great collection of kung-fu on film


Take a tranquil walk to the place where the movie The Departed was filmed.


Go behind the scenes of Boston movie lore by minibus.


Learn a little something at the movies.


A late spot with Hollywood cred


A movie theater with some unexpected extras