Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Brattle Theatre will choose family-friendly and a more mature film for a Friday community event.

The City Council teams up with The Brattle Theatre starting Friday to host a citywide “Dinner & a Movie Night,” with the Brattle picking the programming (one family-friendly film, and one more mature) to stream at home with takeout from a favorite local restaurant. The concept, launched quickly – the film selections have yet to be announced – looks to be a revolving event.

Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and vice mayor Alanna Mallon “thought this would be a fun way to bring the community together and also showcase The Brattle Theatre, which is an important part of Cambridge,” Siddiqui said Wednesday. (Her favorite takeout? Thai from Pepper Sky in Central Square. Her favorite directors? Ava DuVernay of “Selma” and Mira Nair of “Salaam Bombay!”)

“We have all been physically distancing for almost seven weeks now, and it has been incredibly difficult,” Mallon said. “Mayor Siddiqui and I thought we could use a way to be virtually connected, by doing something with the Cambridge community. It will also be an excellent way for residents to support our local restaurants on Friday night with some takeout and delivery, as well as supporting the Brattle.” (Her favorite film? “The Royal Tenenbaums” by indie stalwart Wes Anderson.)

There’s a $10 suggested donation for the Brattle, where film selections will be announced shortly, and participants are urged to share photos from the night on Cambridge Local First’s Love Letters to Cambridge Local Business group on Facebook.

(And one more councillor shared their favorites: Quinton Zondervan said his family enjoyed The Friendly Toast in Kendall Square, and that he had always been drawn to the works of director Spike Lee.)