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New Theater Opens In Kendall Square

Eva Moy--The Tech
The Kendall Square Cinema, located at One Kendall Square in Cambridge, opens today as host of the Boston Film Festival

By Eva Moy
Staff Reporter

The Kendall Square Cinema will make its debut today as the venue for this year's Boston Film Festival.

The theater, located in One Kendall Square in Cambridge, is the first theater outside of Boston to sponsor and host the festival.

Three of the theater's nine screens will be used for the festival. The other movies playing tonight include An Awfully Big Adventure, Hotel Sorrento, and Jeffrey.

The Kendall Square Cinema is part of the California-based Goldwyn/Landmark Theater Corporation.

According to the company, the Kendall site has been positioned "as an entertainment anchor in a sophisticated retail market."

Theater offers a variety of films

The theater offers a distinctive programming mix with an emphasis on first-run foreign, American independent, and sophisticated Hollywood studio films.

Earlier this week, the theater held three film screening events to benefit Boston and Cambridge community organizations.

"We have a long-standing commitment working with community-based arts and humanitarian aid organizations throughout the country," said Steve Gilula, president of Goldwyn/Landmark Theaters.

The theater was "built to server the discriminating filmgoer," the company said. Sound equipment at the theater includes Dolby Stereo, JBL speakers, sub-woofers, and infrared listening devices for the hearing-impaired.

The theater can also accommodate all film formats so that "all films, even classic revivals, can be shown as they were meant to be seen," according to the company.

The theater is accessible by car - with free validated parking in the adjoining garage - and from the MBTA subway stops at Kendall Square and Lechmere.