Bollywood, or live scores to silent films, or Christopher Plummer accepting a lifetime achievement award — film in the Berkshires can go anywhere. Film-makers and independent films, documentaries and animation come year-round to local museums, colleges and cinemas. 

We have more going on behind the scenes. Film pioneer Doug Trumbull — known for the effects in films like Blade Runner and Close Encounters of the Third Kind — has drawn a film community here for decades, and today he is innovating in 21st-dentury digital technology, designing magi pods like portable IMAX theaters.

And to blend the future with the past, within an evening’s drive in New York State you can still find a drive-in theater. Bring a farm picnic to the next Avengers movie and sit on the hood of your car, leaning back against the windshield, while children run in the grass.

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Mass MoCA

A 150-year-old mill at the fork of the Hoosic River is now the largest contemporary art museum in the country, and one of the largest on the planet. New exhibits open each season, bringing artists from across the U.S. and the world — China, Kashmir, Israel, Nunavut — and long-term installations span many years, from Sol LeWitt’s rainbow swirl of murals to Laurie Anderson’s sound studio.


Images Cinema

Images is a non-profit community movie theater in Williamstown, and one of the few remaining single-screen, independent theaters still running in this country. It shows new films every week, with organic pop corn and real butter.