FIlms at the Gate (2006-present)
- improve awareness of Boston's Chinatown as a site of cultural activity
- restore a tradition of shared, public experience of Chinese-language films in Chinatown,
- provide temporary community use of Chinatown's underutilized spaces,
- draw foot-traffic to neighborhood restaurants, and make downtown Boston a destination beyond the working hours.
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A tradition of film in Chinatown
Until the late 1980s, Chinatown had three movie theaters which showed double-features three times a day, often to packed houses from midday to midnight. Whole families would attend, and children would often play in the aisles. In the 1970s and 80s, concessions consisted of vending machine-goods, bags of popcorn, and fortune cookies brought in by the owner. Patrons often brought in their own food as well. Jackie Chan movies were especially popular. Facing pressure from the popularity of home video rentals, all three cinemas closed in the 1980's.
Our Recent Blog Posts about Films at the Gate:
Time again for Films at the Gate! What began nine years ago as an effort to transform a vacant lot in Boston’s Chinatown has become an enduring tradition: a free, outdoor series of Chinese-language films under the stars. Learn about the project here. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 12-14, 2014. Schedule here. See you by the Gate!
It’s time again for Films at the Gate! What began in 2006 as an effort to transform a vacant lot in Boston’s Chinatown has become an enduring tradition: a free, outdoor series of Chinese-language films under the stars. Learn about the project here. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15. Curator Jean Lukitsh has provided the film choices for 2013, […]
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