"The Coolidge" is a beloved neighborhood theater for independent film lovers, and one of Boston's few remaining art deco movie theaters. The Coolidge is planning a 12,000 square foot expansion to add two additional theaters, a community space, and a new lobby. These components will synthesize with the existing lobby and building to create a simple flow between the two.
Extending into that back parking lot, next to the CVS. BTW, that's one of my favorite alleyways among the several great alleyways in that area along that side of Harvard Street. Really a template case study in how to CELEBRATE and make dynamic alleyways.
In japan they make full use of side alleyways and even back alleyways with lots of stores and restaurants ffilling every available space. Its pretty cozy, no traffic, and also gives some nice extra space where you can spill out into the alley. When there is a bigger alley that has built up over time many times they install a canopy overhead between the buildings to create a covered pedestrian mall. I think it actually works really nice and it must more than double the rentable/usable retail space. I dont see any reason why we couldnt do that here besides we just havent yet so nobody would know what to expect.Wouldn't it be awesome if cities began to treat alleyways as niche spaces that can be dressed up and enlivened? I know many buildings use them in utilitarian ways, but many don't, and it is a lost aesthetic opportunity.
Bit of practicality (and regulation) in the way -- many of those "unused" alleyways are fire lanes.Wouldn't it be awesome if cities began to treat alleyways as niche spaces that can be dressed up and enlivened? I know many buildings use them in utilitarian ways, but many don't, and it is a lost aesthetic opportunity.