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Feb 5, 2007 10:12 AM

Ice Cream at Brattle theatre & Sommerville theatre

I'm coming to Boston this summer for the first time in nearly twenty years. One of my many fine memories of the area is having great ice cream while watching great films at both the Brattle and the Sommerville. Was it Toscanini's? Do they still offer ice cream at the theatres? I'm coming with my wife and 10 year old son, who's excited about trying the great ice cream that he's been hearing about all his life. Any recommendations for ice cream that may not have been around 20 years ago?

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  1. Yes- you're right - Toscanini's is in Harvard and Central Squares, just like you remember. But there is also Herrell's (aka Steve's Ice Cream) in Harvard Square too. Just thinking about it makes me really hungry...

    1. You HAVE been gone a very long time...One "m" Somerville. ;>) Just being a wise guy...

      There is JP Licks right across the street from the Somerville Theater now and the old Someday Cafe turned into a Toscaninis-ish place for a it's Mr. Crepe.

      Don't know what's been going on at Brattle.

      1. I'm pretty sure Toscanini's is served at the Coolidge Corner theater. Could be at Somerville and Brattle too but I seldom go.

        Christina's ice cream in Inman Sq. is worth a visit altho I'm not as big on them as I once was. The ice cream scene hasn't changed all that much except there are more JP Licks than there used to be.

        1. The Toscanini's in Harvard Square is closed for renovations for the next several months. Herrell's on Dunster is there, and there's a Ben and Jerry's in The Garage. There's also a new place on Church Street called Lizzie's (I think). It's tiny, wedged in between Cambridge One and Starbucks.

          1. This indirectly calls attention to my third-favorite feature of the Somerville Theatre: they're perfectly ok with you bringing in outside food.

            This summer, a few friends and I decided to grab some JP Licks in the 15 minutes before our movie started. Since there was a long line at JPL, we found ourselves rushing back to the theater, scoops in hand. As we frantically tried to finish our ice cream in the lobby, the (aggressively laid-back) guy taking tickets said, "Hey, you know, you can take your ice cream in with you if you want. We're not like those *other* theaters."

            And for those of you keeping score at home, my first and second favorite features are, respectively, the cheaper-than-average ticket prices and the cool owl-shaped lamps.

            3 Replies
            1. re: finlero

              It sounds like Somerville theatre is as cool as I remember it being.

              1. re: finlero

                The Somerville Theater IS cool. Sadly, you're probably remembering Denise's icecream (or another incarnation) which has been taken over by JP Licks. I really, really miss Denise's.

                1. re: gini

                  Sad but true. Depending on the time of day and how hungry for ice cream you are, your best bets for good ice cream in Davis Square(and JP licks is not in that category):

                  o A scoop of Toscanini's from Diesel Cafe
                  o A pint of Toscanini's from Dave's Fresh Pasta
                  o A pint of Ben & Jerry's from Store 24 (or Farmer's Bounty)