Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation

To sustain and expand the national Science on Screen program to all 50 states, with a focus on extending its reach to in-person audiences

  • Amount $763,700
  • City Brookline, MA
  • Investigator Beth Gilligan
  • Year 2019
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Film

This grant provides two years of continued support for the Coolidge Corner Theatre Science on Screen series, a grant program that helps independent theaters across the country pair current, classic, cult, and documentary film screenings with thoughtful introductions by notable figures from the fields of science, technology, and medicine. Grant funds will allow Coolidge to make 56 grants to independent theaters over the next two years, which will bring to over 100 the number of independent cinema houses across the country that participate in the program. Each theater in the Science on Screen series receives a grant of between $4,000 and $8,500 to facilitate three screenings a year with expert STEM speakers, at least one of which is a film developed or awarded a prize through the Sloan Foundation–•s Film program. Additional grant funds support a National Week of Science on Screen in which all participating theaters hold coordinated screenings, an expanded two-year grant program for cinemas participating for the first time, and an alumni program that provides support at a reduced level for the program–•s most committed cinemas. Other funds support marketing, promotion, and social media outreach designed to expand participation to theaters in all 50 U.S. states, and an ongoing presence at Arthouse Convergence, the largest annual gathering of independent cinema operators in the country.

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