The neighborhood of Coolidge Corner is situated at the intersection of Beacon Street and Harvard Street and is a great alternative destination to shopping centers further into the city. It is located at the Coolidge Corner stop on the “C” Cleveland Circle branch of the MBTA green line – just a few stops away from the heart of Boston. The 66 Bus also runs through Coolidge Corner on its way from Dudley to Harvard Square.
Coolidge Corner offers a mixture of shops and restaurants that are mostly independently and owned by Brookline residents. It has a quaint small-town feel to it while still offering a wide range of stores with something for everyone. One of the more prominent attractions of the area is the Coolidge Corner Theatre, a restored movie theater that has been showing movies since 1933. Since its inception, the theater has been in constant competition with multiplex theaters, and in 1989 was faced with threats of demolition and replacement by a mall. In protest, the Brookline community began a Grassroots campaign to save the theater that had given their town so much character and offered its community the special experience of seeing films on the big screen. Since 1999 the theater has undergone numerous renovations and today is still thriving and showing mainly independent films to very appreciative audiences.
You can also find independently owned boutiques, ethnic eateries, and several chain stores in the area. Every Thursday June through October there is a farmer’s market that has gained popularity with the local residents. This shopping center is very walkable and offers its frequenters a friendly and enjoyable experience.
Coolidge Corner does contain residential sections and it is most notably the birthplace of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy who lived in Brookline for the first ten years of his life.