Film Buff

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With its many festivals and thriving independent and art-house movie theaters, the Boston area has long had a well-deserved reputation as a haven for cinephiles. More recently, the city has emerged as a go-to location for film and television productions of all sizes including many high-profile projects such as the Academy Award-winning movies, The Departed, The Fighter, The Social Network, and Mystic River. Some Boston-based films feature homegrown stars such as Ben Affleck, Adam Sandler, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, and Seth MacFarlane, while others are shot here for their Boston-centric stories.

You can visit sites featured in noted Boston productions and get a feel for the city by hopping on a bus for a narrated (by a local actor!) and clip-filled Boston TV and Movie Sites Tour or Behind the Scenes Movie Tour. You could also join a walking tour to much-filmed locations in Boston Common and Beacon Hill along the Boston Movie Mile.

Where to See Smaller Films -- and Giant Ones

Among the places to catch more under-the-radar movies are the Museum of Fine Arts, which offers contemporary world cinema and indie releases as part of its ongoing film series, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, which features more avant garde productions in its film program. Area theaters that showcase indie movies include the non-profit Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Brattle, as well as the Kendall Square Cinema.

If you want to go big, you could catch the special large-screen presentations at the New England Aquarium's IMAX Theater or the Mugar Omni Theater, which screens IMAX Dome movies at the Museum of Science.


INSIDER TIP: Sadly, there are no drive-in movie theaters in or near Boston, but you can still see movies outside under the stars at summer screenings presented by the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade, the Boston Harbor Hotel, and the The Shops at Prudential Center.

Boston Film Festival

An abundance of festivals that caters to a variety of interests un-spool throughout the year in the region. The biggest one is the Boston Film Festival. A partial listing of other cineaste gatherings include:

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