We may be thousands of miles away from Hollywood, but Boston certainly has its fair share of movie magic.
From the star-studded classics to more recent releases, plenty of movies have used Boston as the backdrop. Here are some of our favorite cinematic spots in the city.
📍Boston Public Garden
Good Will Hunting may just be one of the most Boston-centric movies of all time, and one well-known scene was filmed at the Boston Public Garden. You can sit on the exact bench that the late Robin Williams and Matt Damon did at 13 Arlington St. and reminisce on Sean Maguire’s famous monologue.
“I bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel.” | Photo via GIPHY
It’s no wonder the home of the Green Monster has been featured in so many movies, like The Town, Ted + Moneyball. We’re big fans of Fever Pitch, the 2005 rom-com starring Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore about a Sox fan with some obsessive team loyalty.
📍South End Buttery
Local journalism fans, aka our kind of people, will appreciate this one. This South End cafe was featured in the 2016 movie Spotlight, when Boston Globe reporter Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) meets with a survivor of the Catholic Church scandals.
Spotlight also shows the Central Library + JFK/UMass Station. | Photo by BOStoday team
📍Thirsty Scholar Pub
The Social Network features another local bar scene, as Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) gets dumped by his girlfriend. Rumor has it that Mark Zuckerberg had a pint or two at the Somerville watering hole (70 Beacon St.) while contemplating inventing Facebook.
📍Museum of Fine Arts
Adam McKay’s 2021 Netflix movie Don’t Look Up includes a rally scene with Jason Orlean (Jonah Hill) and President Orlean (Meryl Streep) on the steps of the MFA. The dark comedy and political satire filmed in multiple locations around the city.
Click the link below for more local spots featured in movies and see Boston through a cinematic lens.
19th Hole Fan Experience | Wed., June 15-Fri., June 17 | 4-9 p.m. | High Street Place, 100 High St. | Price of purchase | Stop by the downtown food hall for watch parties featuring signature cocktails, photo ops with the trophy + cornhole.
North End Coffee Hour | Wed., June 15 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | Langone Puopolo Park, 529-543 Commercial St. | Free | Chat with City staff and enjoy Dunkin’-themed lawn games and gift card giveaways. ☕
Summer Yoga | Thurs., June 16 | 6 p.m. | The Street Chestnut Hill, 33 Boylston St. | Free | Higher Love Yoga Project is offering free yoga classes every Thursday — this week is Yoga Sculpt with Jess.
Feminist Bodega Pop-Up Shop | Fri., June 17-Sun., June 19 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | 28 Atlantic Ave. | Stop by and shop earth friendly for your home and body while taking action for intersectional feminism in the Boston community. 🛍️
Red Sox v. Cardinals | Sat., June 18 | 7:15 p.m. | Fenway Park | $56+ | Spend Saturday at Fenway with the Sox as they play the St. Louis Cardinals. ⚾
Ashmont Block Party | Sat., June 18 | 1-5 p.m. | All Saints Church Parking Lot, 209 Ashmont St., Dorchester | Free | Greater Ashmont Main Street hosts their summer party with live music, food trucks + fun activities for the family.
Vance Joy | Wed., Feb. 8, 2023 | 8 p.m. | MGM Music Hall at Fenway Park*
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The NBA Finals will continue in Boston after the team lost Game Five in San Francisco. Game Six starts at 9 p.m. tomorrow night at The Garden, and the Celtics will need to win Games Six + Seven in order to secure Banner 18. Here’s hoping for a W, Boston. 🏀 (Boston Globe)
To ensure Boston residents have access to online educational materials, the Boston Public Libraryis offering access to free WiFi routers + Chromebooks. Library branches will host a sign-up day for the program on Tues., June 21 — find the application and eligibility detailshere. (Boston.com)
SerafinaSeaport is now fully open + serving weekday lunch, weekend brunch, and dinner seven nights a week. The second location of the popular Back Bay Italian eatery offers a larger menu and space by the waterfront at 11 Fan Pier Blvd. Make your reservations here. 🍽️
The state has set the dates of this year’s sales tax holiday weekend for Sat., Aug. 13-Sun., Aug. 14. Massachusetts shoppers will get a break from state sales tax on most retail items less than $2,500 — find the list of excluded sales here. (7 News)
Kevin Simon, MD, has been named the Boston Public Health Commission’s first-ever Chief Behavioral Health Officer. Dr. Simon will help implement a comprehensive behavioral health agenda for the City + focus on immediate and long-term strategies to support youth mental health.
We don’t mean to make a spectacle, but Boston Harbor Hotel’s Spectacle Summer Nightsreturns this summer. Spectacle Island will stay open for an after-hours experience with Night Shift Brewing and Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen. Grab tickets for Sat., July 16, Sat., Aug. 13, or Sat., Aug. 17here. 🎟️
Union Square Main Streets is hosting the fifth annual Good Food For All community campaign from Sat., June 18-Sat., June 25. Participating businesses — like Play Union + Tiny Turns Paperie — will donate proceeds of sales to the farmers market local SNAP match program.
No. 1. That’s where Boston Children’s Hospitalranked on a US News and World Report list of the country’s best children’s hospitals. The local pediatric hospital was also named the second-best children’s hospital for its pediatric cardiology treatment + care of newborn infants. (Mass Live)
Last week, we asked you to submit your best dad joke for a chance to be featured on a t-shirt or mug sold in Six & Main, our online store. Congrats to readers Jeff M., Natalie J., Anne M., and Elizabeth C. for submitting winning dad jokes that will be featured on merch (just in time for Father’s Day). All winners have been contacted, and thanks to everyone who submitted. Shop the dad joke collection.
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