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




Sat 11/16

Before the film, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary's Tia Pinney will discuss how animals communicate and interact.


The Host (2006)

Mon 12/2

Before the film, microbiologist Silvia Caballero will discuss antibiotic drug resistance, and new approaches that are being developed to control bacterial infections.


Sherlock Jr.

Sun 12/15

Before the film, a local scientist will discuss optical illusions and film special effects.


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