On Saturday May 21, the Cambridge Bicycle Committee celebrates movies in Cambridge. Our 2-hour ride will pedal past the locations of the now lost theaters, once the city’s grand entertainment palaces. We'll also see some of the Cambridge sites immortalized on the screen, from “Love Story” to “Good Will Hunting”.
There was a time when every Cambridge neighborhood had at least one movie theater. Some of the buildings survive, as in Central Square and Porter Square. Others are long lost. Take a look at our map of 18 past and present theaters, including a drive-in, that are part of our tour.
Of the few remaining Cambridge theaters, the venerable Brattle Theater and the Landmark Kendall Square Cinema have donated pairs of ticket in support of our cycling tour. We’ll be giving them away in a drawing at the end of the ride.
To help us understand the history of movies in Cambridge, “Big Screen Boston” author Paul Sherman will give a talk at the mid-ride break, explaining the influence of Cambridge on documentaries and 1970s independent film.
Sherman’s book curates the 80 films with the best on-screen representation of our region. It's a treasure of local movie history and you’ll have the chance to buy it at the special ride-day price of only $5.00!
Break your bike out of storage and prepare for a return to the glory days of the big screen.
Starts and ends at the Cambridge Main Library.
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