The Coolidge Corner Theatre, the much-loved Brookline moviehouse, has announced that it will be reopening, starting May 13. That date is 14 months to the day after the theater shut down, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“While our return will be gradual, we are relieved and happy to once again be able to share movies together,” Katherine Tallman, the Coolidge’s director, said in a statement.
Initially, the Coolidge will be open for just two showings, Thursdays through Sundays, in the 440-seat main theater. Attendance will be limited to 15 percent of seating. A full line-up won’t be announced until next week, but titles to be shown will include “Do the Right Thing” (1989), in a 4k restoration; “Top Hat” (1935); “Vertigo” (1958); “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968); and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000). Pedro Almodóvar’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988) will be shown on a bill with his short “The Human Voice,” released earlier this year.
The area’s other much-cherished nonprofit movie theater, the Brattle, in Cambridge, anticipates “a soft, members-only reopening,” in June, creative director Ned Hinkle said in an email. The plan is then for a “somewhat limited” regular schedule for July and August. Details should be announced in another three or four weeks.
The new Coolidge schedule will be in place through Memorial Day weekend. Hopes are to resume showing first-run features in June. Tickets go on sale May 7.
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