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Creative pairings of classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.

Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

Sat., October 26, 2019

Directed by Mel Stuart. US. 1971. PG. Warner Bros. Digital.

A sweet boy from a poor family dreams of finding a rare golden ticket: the all-access pass inside the magical factory of reclusive and eccentric candy maker, Willy Wonka . A group of ghastly children discover four of five tickets hidden inside the wrappers of their favorite chocolate bars. Will Charlie find the last – and to what end? Stars Gene Wilder as the whimsical Willy Wonka.

“A little nonsense now . . .

Best in Show

Sat., November 9, 2019

Directed by Christopher Guest. US. 2000. PG-13. 1 hour 30 minutes. Warner Bros. 35mm.
Sponsored by Affinity Veterinary Center of Malvern

The tension is palpable, the excitement is mounting, and the heady scent of competition is in the air in Christopher Guest’s (This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman) hilarious mockumentary. Follow the story of five dog owners determined to win the coveted ‘best in show’ ribbon at the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, held in Philadelphia.  Stars Catherine O’ Hara, Eugene Levy and John Michael Higgins

“Now tell me . . .


Sat., February 22, 2020

Directed by Juzo Itami. Japan. 1985. NR. 1 hour 54 minutes. Janus Films. Digital Restoration.

Tampopo tells the tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin – including Ken Watanabe (Inception, The Last Samurai) in his breakthrough role  – who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe. The film serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure, seasoned with offbeat comedy and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster. Sweet, sexy, surreal, and succulent, Tampopo remains one of the . . .