For five nights every summer, a vacant lot near Boston’s Chinatown Gate becomes a free, outdoor theater, showing Kung-Fu and classic Chinese-language films. Films at the Gate is a collaborative project of Chinatown residents, Boston Street Lab, film curator Jean Lukitsh, and the Asian Community Development Corporation.
The series seeks to:
- improve awareness of Boston’s Chinatown as a site of cultural activity
- restore a tradition of shared, public experience of Chinese-language films in Chinatown
- provide temporary community use of Chinatown’s underutilized spaces, draw foot-traffic to neighborhood restaurants, and make downtown Boston a destination beyond the working hours
The Asian Community Development Corporation is a founding sponsor and presenter of Films at the Gate. ACDC is a community-based organization serving the Asian American community of Greater Boston, with an emphasis on preserving and revitalizing Boston’s Chinatown.