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Best Big Screen Trend: The Movie Theater Rush

  • December 18, 2013

by UrbanTurf Staff

Best Big Screen Trend: The Movie Theater Rush: Figure 1
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.

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