The Brattle shows the best in classic, cutting-edge, foreign, and art-house films. We also show first-run films and new releases of classic films, but our specialty is a repertory programming format consisting of films from a particular director, genre, or subject shown over the course of a week, or on the same weekday throughout the month.
Movies have been shown at The Brattle Theatre since 1953, when Bryant Haliday and Cyrus Harvey Jr. started things off with a screening of the German film, Der Hauptmann von Köpenick (The Captain from Köpenick). Haliday and Harvey later founded Janus Films for the purpose of distributing foreign films nationwide.
The non-profit Brattle Film Foundation has operated The Brattle Theatre since 2001. Learn more about the Brattle Film Foundation’s non-profit and fundraising activities here.
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Ned Hinkle brings to The Brattle 10 years of programming and event logistics experience from both the film and music industries. After three years in the music business, Ned’s first love, film, called him back and he began working for Beacon Cinema Group, then the company that operated and programmed The Brattle Theatre. In 2001, after five years with Beacon Cinema Group, Ned founded the Brattle Film Foundation with Ivy Moylan and took over the lease of The Brattle Theatre. Ned has taken all of his experience and brought it to the foundation as our Creative Director where he works on all programming, marketing and special events.
Ivy’s first experience at The Brattle Theatre came in 1995 when she created the position of operations manager, which she held for two years. She remained in close contact with her former employers and the theater staff after leaving and jumped at the opportunity to partner with Ned to found the Brattle Film Foundation and take over the lease of The Brattle Theatre in 2001. As Executive Director, Ivy supervises all aspects of the foundation and theater business, working closely with the Brattle Film Foundation board, volunteers and staff. Ivy continues to work as contractor for regional film festivals, most recently for the Boston Independent Film Festival, the Newport International Film Festival, and the Provincetown International Film Festival. In addition to her management and theater experience, Ivy periodically teaches film history classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education where she has found yet another outlet to share her passion for cinema with the world.
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