Tyson 4 Theatres

Chain Bridge Road,
McLean, VA 22101

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Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon, Neighborhood Theatres

Firms: Victor Smolen & Associates

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Tyson 1 & 2 Theatre

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Located in the Tyson’s Corner Center. This first run twin was opened on July 16, 1968 with Frank Sinatra in “The Detective” & Vince Edwards in “Hammerhead”. It had matinees daily. The rwo screens had a total of 2,000 seats with 1,300 in screen 1 and 700 seats in screen 2. It was taken over by Neighborhood Theatres in June 1980 and they remodeled the theatre into four screens. In 1986 it was taken over by Cineplex Odeon. The Tyson 4 Theatres was closed in December 1990 when the Fairfax Square 8 opened across the road. It was replaced by retail space.

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Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

AdamsOffOx on October 8, 2006 at 5:11 am

No, the Roth’s theaters opened in 1975. The Tysons Twin (by then Tysons 4) lasted until December 1990, when the Fairfax Square eightplex opened across the street.

blam1 on October 23, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Tyson’s Center 4 closed in 1988 when the mall expanded to 2 stories – and with the demise of Neighborhood Thaters. The Fairfax Square eight-plex is no where near Tyson’s Corner.

It was originally a twin (saw Friday the 13th in 3D there), but was closed and completely gutted. The new theaters were 3 stories up. The 2nd floor mall level was just the box office enterance. Down a flight of stairs was the mezzanine level with office, projection booth, art gallery and arcade. Then the world’s longest (it seemed) escalator ride to the lobby with the octagnal conession stand (featured for years in the “Film Journal”.

This theater operated for years in conjunction with Roths Tyson’s Corner 5 (later expanded to 8).

sconnell1 on March 23, 2009 at 4:47 pm

The Tyson’s 1&2 opened on 10/16/68. Number 1 showed DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, and Number 2 showed THE PARENT TRAP (1961), which had just been re-released.

CSWalczak on December 7, 2009 at 12:51 am

The original space on the lower level occupied by the theaters is now used for batting practice; story here: View link

smittyfan07 on February 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

I have a question. I remember walking down a long (or it felt like that anyways) hall with a some posters on the left and then that hall would connect from the mall to the theatre. is this the theatre I’m thinking of?

jamestv on June 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm

This theatre was still going in the summer of 1990; saw Back To The Future III there. In 1992, saw Twin Peaks:Fire Walk With Me at the Loew’s (formerly Roth’s) Tyson Corner 8; or was it 9?

Giles on July 29, 2010 at 8:21 am

so is this the theatre that had 70mm engagements of ‘Close Encounters’ ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’/‘Last Crusade’ – ??

Cobalt on July 29, 2010 at 10:13 am

Was this theater also known as NTI TYSONS CORNER 4? If so, then yes for INDIANA JONES 70MM.

Coate has INDIANA JONES 70mm lists!

unclejim on March 2, 2013 at 11:01 am

My name is Jim Downer and I was the last manager of Tyson Twin Theaters. The theaters closed in the late 70’s (I don’t remember the exact date). #1 theater had the largest indoor screen in the entire DC Metro area. #1 theater was plagued by flooding by an underground stream that was controlled by a sump pump. When the pump failed, the theater flooded up to the 3rd row. Mr. Storty, the owner, had been offered a 3 month exclusive run of Star Wars IV (DC premier) and turned it down. It was then offered to the Uptown theater which is still in operation today. After years of debate with the owners of the original Tysons Corner mall over the rent increase, Mr. Storty was forced to close. It was a beautiful theater at one time but had fallen into disrepair. There hasn’t been a theater like it since.

Soundman176 on May 14, 2019 at 3:14 pm

Ok, let’s set the story straight. Tyson Center 4 closed in December 1990 following the opening of the Fairfax Sqare 8 THAT WAS RIGHT ACROSS LEESBURG PIKE! I know because I opened the one and closed the other.

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