loading...

Best Big Screen Trend: The Movie Theater Rush

by UrbanTurf Staff

image
The 16-screen theater planned for Navy Yard.

In the 1990s, Washington, DC was awash in movie theaters. And then they started disappearing.

Three located in and around Dupont Circle closed one after another. Then Georgetown lost a theater. Another on MacArthur Boulevard became a CVS Pharmacy. When the movie theater in Union Station shuttered in 2009, it certainly appeared as though the venue would soon be extinct in the nation’s capital.

And then 2013 arrived, and it seemed as though a new movie theater was opening every other month.

In June, we learned of the possibility of an independent six-screen theater coming to 8th and V Street NW. Two months later, ANC 6D voted unanimously to support the newest plan for the Navy Yard, which included a 600-unit mixed-use development and a 16-screen Showplace movie theater.

Then, in rapid succession, two more theaters were announced in relatively close proximity to one another. On November 7th, UrbanTurf reported that a 10-screen Landmark Theater would open in NoMa with a full-­‐service bar, luxury seats, reserved seat selection, and 3-D projection. Not more than a week later, The Washington Post reported that an eight-screen Angelika movie theater would open at Union Market in 2015. The Angelika Film Center is known for showing independent movies and offering movie-watching cuisine that goes beyond popcorn and soda.

What led to the thinking that the silver screen could once again be successful in DC? Who knows. But UrbanTurf staff will be frequenting all of these theaters once they open their doors.

Other entries in UrbanTurf’s Best of 2013:

See other articles related to: dclofts, best of 2013

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/best_big_screen_trend_the_movie_theater_rush/7945

7 Comments

  1. Film Buff said at 4:38 pm on Wednesday December 18, 2013:

    I went to the Angelika Film Center out in VA and was underwhelmed.

  1. m said at 6:15 pm on Wednesday December 18, 2013:

    I hope they end up like LA. You can reserved seats online or on an ipad at the theatre…so no racing to beat the rush. Bars and restaurants inside the theatre. And real stadium comfy seats!

  1. Film Buff said at 10:03 am on Thursday December 19, 2013:

    ^^ You can do all that at the one in Merrifield, but it still wasn’t all that.

  1. e said at 10:17 am on Thursday December 19, 2013:

    Underwhelmed by a movie theater? It’s got a screen, seats, and over-priced snacks. What are you expecting?

    One problem theaters in DC had was that they were pretty much singular—one or two screen deals. Economically, that no longer works. They need more movies, and even multiple screens for the same big movies to accommodate time-sensitive demands of customers.  The only real multiplex was Union Station, which was not a great destination - no one lives there, and city residents wouldn’t go out there for the food offerings. The new theaters are banking on locating in places where residents are already spending entertainment dollars. Yeah—people have more entertainment options at home now, and movie theaters seem like they might have an expiration date, but city residents are going to be more inclined to go out. So, it could work.

  1. JJ said at 10:46 am on Thursday December 19, 2013:

    I think its quite an omission to cite all the movie theater closings since the 1990’s while ignoring the additions including Regal in Gallery Place, Landmark on E Street, and Loews in Georgetown.

  1. Kevin said at 12:18 pm on Thursday December 19, 2013:

    If anyone has been to CineBistro like the one in Hampton VA, they do it right. And to address “e said” I want the movie experience to be one free of rowdy people and crying kids great seats (that you can reserve online), and a top of the line cinema delivery system as well as sound system to immerse myself in the movie. I like how the theater in Hampton is off limits to 21 and under after a certain time…no exceptions and the food they serve their was amazing but I can certainly forgo the food for just a great cinema.

  1. Hill Girl said at 2:14 pm on Thursday December 19, 2013:

    The only real multiplex was Union Station, which was not a great destination - no one lives there, and city residents wouldn’t go out there for the food offerings

    Plenty of “city residents” went there, and they made the place a nightmare to see a movie with their talking, little kids (at “R” movies, no less) and ghetto antics.  I think someone was shot there right before it closed.

Join the discussion

UrbanTurf now requires registration in order to post comments. Register here, or login below if you are already registered.

Click here if you forgot your password.



DC Real Estate Guides

Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market

We've collected all our helpful guides for buying, selling and renting in and around Washington, DC in one place. Visit guides.urbanturf.com or start browsing below!

Northern Virginia

Profiles of 14 neighborhoods across Northern Virginia

Ballston
Looking to Give People A Reason to Stay Past 6pm
Clarendon
Happily Straddling the Line Between City and Suburb
Columbia Pike
Arlington’s Neglected Stepchild is Getting a Makeover
Crystal City
Turning Lemons into Lemonade
Lyon Village
Developing An Air of Exclusivity?
Rosslyn
Hitting Its Growth Spurt
Shirlington
An Urban Village Hitting Its Stride
Del Ray
Virginia’s Small Town Near the Big City
Eisenhower Avenue
The Vibrancy Might Take a Few Years
Huntington
The Quiet Neighborhood By the Beltway
Old Town
Mayberry By The Potomac
Parkfairfax
132 Commerical-Free Acres
Downtown Falls Church
Staying the Same in the Midst of Change
Tysons Corner
Radical Change Could Be On The Way

See more Northern Virginia »

Maryland

Profiles of 14 neighborhoods in suburban Maryland

Annapolis
Small-Town Living in the State Capital
Bethesda
Bedroom Community Gets Buzzing Cache
Cabin John
In With The New While Maintaining the Old
Chevy Chase
Affluence, Green Lawns and Pricey Homes
Downtown Silver Spring
Experiencing a Resurgence After a Bumpy History
Potomac
A Suburb on Steroids
Rockville Town Square
Despite the Dynamism, Still Somewhat Generic
Takoma Park
More Than a Little Bit Quirky
Wheaton
A Foodie Magnet on the Verge of Change
Capitol Heights
Kudzu, Front Porches and Crime
Hyattsville
Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
Mount Rainier
Artists, Affordable Homes and A Silo Full of Corn
National Harbor
A Development Rises Next to the Potomac
Riverdale Park
A Town Looking For Its Identity

See more Maryland »

Northwest DC

30+ neighborhood profiles for the city's biggest quadrant

16th Street Heights
DC's Sleeper Neighborhood
Bloomingdale
Where (Almost) Everyone Knows Your Name
AU Park
One of DC’s Last Frontiers Before the Suburbs
Brightwood
DC’s Northern Neighborhood on the Cusp
Burleith
DC’s 535 House Neighborhood
Cathedral Heights
Do You Know Where That Is?
Chevy Chase DC
Not to Be Confused With the Other Chevy Chase
Cleveland Park
Coming Back After A Rough Year
Columbia Heights
DC’s Most Diverse Neighborhood, But For How Long?
Crestwood
An Island of Serenity East of the Park
Dupont Circle
The Best of DC (For a Price)
Foggy Bottom & West End
Where the Institutional Meets the International
Forest Hills
Ambassadors and Adventurous Architecture
Fort Totten
Five Years Could Make a Big Difference
Foxhall Village
350 Homes Just West of Georgetown
Friendship Heights
A Shopping Mecca With a Few Places to Live
Georgetown
History, Hoyas and H&M
Glover Park
One of DC’s Preppier and More Family-Friendly Neighborhoods
Kalorama
A Posh View From Embassy Row
LeDroit Park
A Quiet Enclave in the Middle of the City
Logan Circle
Trendy Now, But Not By Accident
Mount Pleasant
Sought-After Homes Surround Main Street in Transition
Mount Vernon Triangle
From Seedy to Sought-After
Palisades
The Long, Skinny Neighborhood at the City’s Northwest Edge
Park View
It’s Not Petworth
Penn Quarter/Chinatown
DC’s Go-Go-Go Neighborhood
Petworth
Getting a Vibrancy of Its Own
Shaw
The Duke’s Former Stomping Ground
Shepherd Park
DC’s Garden of Diversity
Spring Valley
A Suburb With a DC Zip Code
Takoma
Not To Be Confused With Takoma Park
Tenleytown
Not Quite Like Its Neighbors
U Street Corridor
The Difference a Decade Makes
Woodley Park
Deceptively Residential
Adams Morgan
No Longer DC’s Hippest Neighborhood, But Still Loved by Residents

See more Northwest DC »

Southwest DC

The little quadrant that could

Southwest Waterfront
A Neighborhood Where A Change Is Gonna Come

See more Southwest DC »

Northeast DC

Profiles of 10 neighborhoods in NE

Brookland
New Development Could Shake Up Pastoral Peace
Deanwood
A Little Bit of Country Just Inside the District’s Borders
Eckington
Not to Be Confused With Bloomingdale
H Street
A Place To Party, and To Settle Down
Langdon
The Northeast Neighborhood That Few Know About
Michigan Park
A Newsletter-On-Your-Doorstep Community
NoMa
Evolving from a Brand to a Neighborhood
Rosedale
Ripe for Investment Right About Now
Trinidad
The Difference 5 Years Makes
Woodridge
Big Houses, A Dusty Commercial Strip and Potential

See more Northeast DC »

Southeast DC

6 neighborhoods from Capitol Hill to East of the River

Capitol Riverfront
Still Growing
Hill East
Capitol Hill’s Lesser Known Neighbor
Congress Heights
Gradually Rising
Hillcrest
Notable for Its Neighborliness
Historic Anacostia
Future Promise Breeds Cautious Optimism
Eastern Market
A More European Way of Living

See more Southeast DC »

Upcoming Seminars ▾