With its large population of academics and intellectuals, Boston has its share of discerning moviegoers and movie houses, especially in Brookline and Cambridge. Theaters at suburban malls and in Downtown may have better screens, if less adventurous fare. The Boston Globe has daily listings in the "Living/Arts" section; the Boston Herald Friday "Scene" section and the Improper Bostonian "Movies" section list films for the week. Movies cost $9–$13. Many theaters have half-price matinees, often rescinded during the opening run of a major film.

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  • 1. American Repertory Theater


    Founded by Robert Brustein and since 2009 under the helm of Tony Award–winning director Diane Paulus, the ART is one of America’s most celebrated...Read More

  • 2. Boston Public Library

    Back Bay | Film

    Completed in 1895, the Central Library in Copley Square’s McKim building is known for its classical serenity and elegance, and includes Bates...Read More

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  • 3. Citizens Bank Opera House

    Theater District | Dance

    The 2,700-seat, meticulously restored, vaudville-era beaux arts building has been lavished with $35 million worth of gold leaf, lush carpeting...Read More

  • 4. Sanders Theatre


    This gilt-wood jewel box of a stage is the preferred venue for many of Boston's classical orchestras and the home of Harvard University's many...Read More

  • 5. Somerville Theatre


    This keystone of Davis Square's growing culture presents films (five screens) and easily 40 concerts a year (The Boss, Adele, U2, and Louis...Read More

  • 6. Symphony Hall

    Back Bay | Concerts

    One of the world's best acoustical concert halls—some say the best—has been home since 1900 to the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the...Read More

  • 7. Berklee Performance Center

    Back Bay | Concerts

    The main stage for the internationally renowned Berklee College of Music, the "BPC" is best known for its jazz and pop programs, but also hosts...Read More

  • 8. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    South Boston | Concerts

    Up to 5,000 people gather on the waterfront in a huge white tent for breathtaking summertime concerts. National headliners–-such as Florence...Read More

  • 9. Boch Center Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre

    Theater District | Theater

    The historic Wang Theatre, which opened in 1925 and holds an audience of 3,500, and its 1910 little sister, the Shubert Theatre, partner up...Read More

  • 10. BosTix


    This ArtsBoston outlet has two kiosk locations (Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Copley Square) that sell half-price tickets for same-day performances...Read More

  • 11. Boston Ballet

    South End | Dance

    The city's premier dance company performs at the Boston Opera House. Shows have included Romeo & Juliet , classic Balanchine, and La Sylphide...Read More

  • 12. Boston Baroque


    Founded by conductor Martin Pearlman as "Banchetto Musicale" in 1974, Boston Baroque showcases soloists and guest musicians in precision period...Read More

  • 13. Boston Camerata


    Founded in 1954, Boston Camerata has achieved international celebrity, thanks to its passionate commitment and popular recordings. Its loyal...Read More

  • 14. Boston Cecilia


    Founded in 1876, this choral group is especially noted for period-instrument performances of Handel and Bach, and works by undersung contemporary...Read More

  • 15. Boston Chamber Music Society


    Under artistic directors Marcus Thompson and Ronald Thomas (emeritus), Boston Chamber Music Society performs the classical gamut from Mozart...Read More

  • 16. Boston Dance Alliance

    South End | Dance

    This group serves as a clearinghouse for an amazing array of local dance companies' classes, performances, and workshops. Visit the alliance...Read More

  • 17. Boston Early Music Festival


    Attune your ears to the rare sounds of theorbos, sackbuts, viols, rebecs, and shawms! Join the 15,000 dyed-in-the-wool early-music devotees...Read More

  • 18. Boston Gay Men's Chorus

    South End | Music

    With an aim to "inspire change, build community, and celebrate difference," the Boston Gay Men's Chorus has a repertoire that ranges from holiday...Read More

  • 19. Boston Lyric Opera

    Downtown | Opera

    The critically acclaimed Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) stages four new operas each season that include traditional and updated versions of classics...Read More

  • 20. Boston On The Half Shell

    Back Bay | Concerts

    Bop along with the Boston Pops and other free orchestral concerts and films at the Hatch Memorial Shell June through August. ...Read More

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