Riddle me this: Why do smart patrons of the arts like yourself support the Brattle Theatre, a one-of-akind movie-house in a land of shiny multi-screen cinemas?
Is it because of the Brattle Theatre’s rich history as a cultural landmark in Harvard Square? It has operated as an independent single-screen movie-house in historic Brattle Hall for 57 years, making it one of the oldest and most cherished places in Cambridge. The Brattle has become the area’s go-to venue for film fans young and old. We’ve heard so many successful producers, directors and actors who spent time in the Greater Boston area wistfully recall their experiences at the Brattle—and recall their favorite seats in the balcony.
Is it because of the unique ways that the Brattle celebrates film as an art form? We offer something cinematic for every taste. Whether you love Bugs Bunny or anime, the Marx Brothers or the Coen Brothers, Bogart or Bigelow, Truffaut or the Terminator, you’ll find a screening at the Brattle. (And those were just in 2009!) Patrons continuously discover fresh angles on classics and exciting new films because of our blend of repertory programming, independent-film premieres, film festivals, special events and partnerships. It’s no wonder that the Brattle Theatre was chosen to host the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards ceremony last year.
Is it because of the Brattle’s service to the local community, including both occasional movie-goers and dedicated cinephiles? The Brattle’s Elements of Cinema series screens films we consider essential, free of charge, so everyone can enjoy the best that cinema has to offer. And we engage the area’s film audiences through partnerships, such as our Best of Open Screen night, at which up-and-coming New England filmmakers screen short films.
For whatever reason you support the Brattle, we could not have reached the achievements of the past year without you. Thank you. We hope you enjoy this annual report which details what your support has made possible. We have even bigger plans for 2010, which marks the 10th anniversary of the Brattle Theatre’s transformation into a nonprofit organization. We’re excited to celebrate that milestone with all of you—our patrons, members, donors, volunteers and community.
Tell us why you love The Brattle when we see you next. We look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you again for your tremendous support,
President, Board of Directors