Congressional 5 Cinemas
1631 Rockville Pike,
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Previously operated by: K-B Theatres
Architects: James Thomas Martino
The K-B Congressional 5 Cinemas opened in the fall of 1981 (September, if I recall correctly). All of the auditoriums were relatively small but over 200-seats each.
However, presentation quality was normally pretty decent as theatres of this era go. Sharp pictures and decent sound. In fact, it was one of the first to use JBL speakers back when Altec was more standard.
It was located almost in the corner of Congressional Plaza. The first thing one would see as they entered was the combination box office and concession stand right at the doors. After going by the stand one would come to the ticket hopper where one could go to one of five theatres. Three of the entrances to the theatres were located here and the other two entrances were across the lobby (a rather short walk).
Downstairs was a game room where video games were featured en masse until goverment laws on such facilities limited the quantity of games could be in such a place. The restrooms were also located on the lower level as was the manager’s office.
In its day, this theatre was very busy but it certainly was of its time.
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