Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Local indie cinemas flourish during tough times

While national movie box-office numbers are down by $9.6 billion compared to 2007, the Taunton Gazette reports here that indie movie houses like the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline and the Brattle in Cambridge are boasting a blockbuster year.

“We saw an increase in ticket sales. We’re waiting to crunch the numbers for the whole year, but we believe we saw a small increase in attendance, as opposed to other years where we’d seen a number of small decreases in attendance. Now we see an up tick,” says Ned Hinkle, creative director of the Brattle Theatre.

George Bragdon, program manager of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, echoes Hinkle's enthusiasm adding that people are flocking to the indie theaters seeking an escape.

“This season it’s been pretty good,” says Bragdon. “It’s kind of surprising given the economic climate. But going to movies is one of those luxuries for people who are looking to do something that takes their minds off of whatever else is bothering them. They still shell out for movies.”

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1 comment:

Krissy said...

That's interesting! I live a few blocks from the West Newton Cinema and they seem to be doing pretty well! Besides the fact that I'd much rather give my money to them versus an AMC, their food is way cheaper than at your average movie theater. And their popcorn is made with Cabot's butter.

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