Virtual Screening FAQ

Virtual Series

What is Brattle’s Virtual Programming Series?

Our Virtual Programming Series is a curated collection of films that we would have otherwise been playing or would love to screen at the Brattle. While we don’t have the rights to stream these movies through the Brattle website, we have chosen films that are on popular streaming services in hopes viewers have access.

How do I watch the films in the series?

Through our website’s virtual calendar, choose the series you are interested in. Under each title on the respective series page, you will find the streaming services the film is found on (some are free and some are subscription based).

Virtual Screening Room/Virtual Cinema

What is the Brattle’s Virtual Screening Room?

The films that are listed under the Brattle’s Virtual Screening Room are films that are available to rent from distribution companies through the Brattle. These events are fundraisers where a portion of proceeds will benefit the Brattle Film Foundation. This new distribution model is collectively being referred to as “virtual cinema.”

How do I rent films from the Virtual Screening Room ?

A unique link provided by the distributor will take you to a third party streaming platform to enter payment details. Please note that you will be required to set up individual accounts through streaming services and distributors in order to rent the film.

Does this help the Brattle Film Foundation?

Yes! For every film offered through the Brattle Virtual Screening Room, a portion of the proceeds from your purchase (generally about 50%) is shared with the Brattle Film Foundation to help us maintain operations during our closure.

I’m a Brattle Member. Is there a member price?

Unfortunately, the Brattle’s Virtual Screening Room is not compatible with Member benefits at this time. Although a portion of the proceeds from your purchase is shared with the Brattle, the payment is collected by third party streaming platforms.

Can I use a Brattle Gift Card?

Unfortunately, that’s not an option at the moment. You will be able to use them when we reopen and they do not have an expiration date.

Does this work on my TV?

It depends on the streaming platform being used and the type of TV you have. Some of these films will be accessible through apps that you can install on your Smart TV or streaming device. Please refer to the individual films purchase pages to find out more information. In other instances, you may be able to ‘cast’ the content or ‘mirror’ your computer screen to your Smart TV or streaming device. Please see below for more info on how to watch on various platforms:

How do I watch this on my Apple TV?

You can do that using a method called AirPlay! Here is how to do it:
1. Open the movie on your iPhone or iPad
2. At the bottom right of the video window you should see the AirPlay icon
3. Once you tap the icon, select “Apple TV” from the list of devices

How do I watch this on my Chromecast?

You can cast from your computer or smart device using the following steps:
1. Open the movie on your device using Google’s Chrome browser.
2. Look for the “Cast…” option in your View menu – or an icon on the browser window itself.
3. Once you select that button, it should give you the option to select a nearby device, so you’d then select your Chromecast. If you don’t see your Chromecast, make sure both devices are on the same wireless network.

How do I watch this on my Roku?

On an Android or Windows device, you may be able to ‘mirror’ your screen to your Roku. Please refer to this link to learn more:

Unfortunately, ‘mirroring’ to Roku devices is not directly supported for Apple devices. Though there are third-party options, we have not tested them completely and you should use your own judgement about them.

Troubleshooting on third party streaming sites

More information on specific platforms can be found by following the links below. If need help, or would like to request a refund, please contact the distributor for the film that you purchased tickets for:

Kino Lorber: Website
Magnolia Pictures: Website
Music Box Films: Website
Film Movement: Website
Oscilloscope: [email protected]