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Pulpy Mobsters Invade the Coolidge

Venerable moviehouse revives a cult favorite on the big screen

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Uma Thurman as a gangster’s wife in Quentin Tarantino’s classic Pulp Fiction. The film shows tonight at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Watching favorite movies over and over in your living room can get dull. Reciting lines alone gets old quickly — and besides, movie-watching is meant to be a collective experience.

Enter the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in Brookline, which brings classics to life as they were meant to be seen: on the silver screen, in their glory.

Last year, patrons of the theater voted for their favorite movies, as the Coolidge celebrates its 75th anniversary. The winners from each decade, classics all, have been screened each month, culminating on July 13 with The Departed

Tonight, June 8, at 7 p.m., Quentin Tarantino’s violent masterpiece Pulp Fiction returns, a great opportunity to experience the many-layered, dark comedy in its original context — or for the first time.

So get off that couch — Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta say so.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre is at 290 Harvard St., Brookline; get off at the Coolidge Corner stop on the Green Line. Tickets are available for $9 on the theater’s Web site or at the box office.

Devon Maloney can be reached at devon.maloney@gmail.com.

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3 Comments on Pulpy Mobsters Invade the Coolidge

  • Riks on 06.08.2009 at 11:47 pm

    Cost

    While I support the aim of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, I cannot help but decry the outrageous cost of the tickets. Nine dollars is far too pricey to see a movie you could buy on DVD for the same price. I realize the point of the experience is to view the classic movies on the silver screen, but a poor, unemployed college student such as I simply cannot afford to “get off that couch,” no matter how much I would like to, just to see a movie I’ve already seen multiple times merely on a bigger screen. Pick one or two movies you would enjoy seeing, but by no means make it a weekly occurrence.

    • dido on 12.08.2009 at 11:42 am

      Very good post, thanks a lot.

  • Anonymous on 06.09.2009 at 4:42 pm

    Priced into an eleite experience

    At $9 a ticket and a a comparable amount for snacks and a drink – movies at the public theatre now fall into the realm of play and opera prices. I don’t blame the theaters, I just don’t go anymore.

    As far as collective experience, outside of a blacksploitation film in an African-American neighborhood or the Rocky Horror Picture show, it very rarely happens.

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