Science on Screen®


One of our most popular programs, Science on Screen® creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.

Each film is used as a jumping off point for the speaker to reveal current scientific research or technological advances, providing the perfect combination of entertainment and enlightenment - even for the most science-phobic culture vulture! For a listing of past films featured in the Coolidge's Science on Screen series, please click here.


Science on Screen is supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with additional support from Gesmer Updegrove LLP, Rubin Anders Scientific, and Ken Loveday and Ellen Hoffman, Brookline. Many thanks to our series founder Richard Anders. Co-presented by the Museum of Science.

National Initiative and Grants

Since 2011, the Coolidge has partnered with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to expand Science on Screen to independent cinemas nationwide. For more information on this initiative, including a list of grant recipients and grant guidelines, please visit


Science on Screen



Big Hero 6

Sun 2/2

Before the film, Clark Teeple, a doctoral candidate in the Harvard University Microrobotics Lab, will speak about the robots of today and tomorrow.


Before the film, an expert will speak about what we know and don't know about tornadoes and how to predict them.


Before the film, an expert will speak about nanotechnology and the huge potential of truly tiny tech.


Agnès Varda's French New Wave classic, introduced by computational linguist and MIT professor Regina Barzilay.


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