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Coolidge Corner Theater’s Katherine Tallman On Reopening, Getting ‘Lost’ At The Movies Once More

On May 13, it will have been a full 425 days since Brookline’s iconic Coolidge Corner Theater was forced to shut its doors to the public in response to the pandemic

Now, the independently-operated film hub is priming for its partial reopen with a series of what CEO and executive director Katherine Tallman is calling “repertory classics.” They include films like “Do The Right Thing,” “2001: A Space Odyssey” and the 1958 psychological thriller “Vertigo.”

During a Tuesday conversation on Boston Public Radio, Tallman admitted to getting teary-eyed when she first returned to her theater and said expects that other Boston cinefiles might feel a similar emotional tug as they sit down to experience classics in their full, 35-millimeter glory.

“After you’re in there and the curtain opens and the sound starts … you just kind of do what you do with the movie,” she said. “You get lost.”

Of course, things won’t be entirely as they were pre-pandemic. For one, they’ll only be admitting 15% of their full capacity, or 68 people spread out amongst the 440 seats inside Moviehouse 1. An usher will also escort moviegoers to pre-assigned seats, which are selected on their website in advance.

And when it comes to tickets, at least for now, don’t expect to be able to buy them at the door.

“All the ticket sales will be online,” Tallman explained. “We’re really focused on safety. We’re really focused on everything touchless. We’ve installed a lot of equipment in the theaters to make everything as safe as possible.”

A COVID-19 vaccine, however, will not be a prerequisite for ticket sales.

“We’ll just take it carefully,” she said, explaining the theater’s questionable legal ability to enfore such a mandate.

Still, Tallman isn’t not worried. “Right now, we have a half

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