You can watch ‘Shutter Island’ at the abandoned hospital where it was filmed

The Coolidge Corner Theatre will host special drive-in screenings of "Shutter Island" at the now-closed Medfield State Hospital in September.

The former Medfield State Hospital. Bill Greene/Globe Staff

The Coolidge Corner Theatre is kicking the drive-in movie experience up a notch.

The theatre will hold drive-in screenings of Martin Scorsese’s 2010 mystery/thriller “Shutter Island” on Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6 on the grounds of the now-closed Medfield State Hospital, where the movie was filmed.

Based on Dorchester native Dennis Lehane’s 2003 novel of the same name, “Shutter Island” follows U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he tries to locate a missing patient at the psychiatric facility on Shutter Island. (Lehane took inspiration from facilities he visited on Boston’s Long Island in his younger days.) Also starring Mark Ruffalo (“The Avengers”), Ben Kingsley (“Gandhi”), and Michelle Williams (“Manchester by the Sea”), the movie was a box office hit, grossing more than $294 million worldwide.


Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio in “Shutter Island.”

Opened in 1892, Medfield State Hospital was the state’s first asylum for mentally ill patients. Following its permanent closure in 2003, it has been used to film multiple movies, including “Knives Out,” “The Box,” and “New Mutants,” the upcoming X-Men spinoff that is set to become the first blockbuster to hit theaters nationwide on Aug. 28.

The Coolidge will be projecting the film onto a 30-foot inflatable screen with equipment provided by Boston Light and Sound and Red Sky Studios. In order to cover the set-up costs, tickets will be $25 per person. Ticket holders are also welcome to arrive early and walk the grounds of the former hospital before the film begins at sundown at around 8 p.m. Once the movie begins, guests are asked to remain in their cars unless buying concessions or visiting the restrooms, when masks must be worn.


Tickets are available now on The Coolidge Corner Theatre website.

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