Congressional 5 Cinemas

1631 Rockville Pike,
Rockville, MD 20852

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 18, 2015 at 10:51 pm

The architectural firm of Goenner, Woodhouse & Associates originally designed the Congressional 5 Cinemas. The house was later renovated with plans by architect James Thomas Martino, who designed several projects for K-B Theatres.

Giles on October 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm

question: I’m not seeing a listing for the Roth Seven Lock’s twin theater on Tuckerman Lane – in the strip mall that has the Giant. Is it not listed here?

Giles on October 27, 2014 at 4:42 pm

I remember seeing the 1989 version of ‘Ten Little Indians’ here with my high school friends.

davidus on December 18, 2010 at 6:55 am

I worked at the K-B Congressional 5 when it opened. It was located at 1631 Rockville Pike Rockville Maryland at the Congressional Plaza. It was in the spot where ULTA Salon & Cosmetics is located ( as of 12/2010). The concession stand and box office were combined into a long white formica island. At the front was the box office counter with two spots for cashiers. After a customer purchased a ticket they were roped into waking down either concession side (left or right). The concession stand had heaters on the counter the held pre filled popcorn tubs. This was the time when popcorn was sold in tubs not bags. There were bubblers that held, mixed and displayed pink or yellow lemonade. At the end of the counter were cashiers on each side.The stairs to go down were located after the end of the counter. There was a spectacular painting over the stairwell that the owner bought overseas to display in the theatre. The lobby had a blue carpet with a pattern that was glued to a concrete floor. The opening of the theater was delayed because it was discovered that the back two or three rows of seats in each theater were too low and the customers would not be able to see the screen. The contractor had to remove the seats and add foam then concrete to get the seats higher. Theater 3 was the smallest auditorium. There were often traffic jams emptying Theaters 2,3,and 4 because the patrons would have to exit through the lobby where other patrons were waiting or coming in.

sguttag on March 7, 2010 at 3:09 am

The layout was pretty basic. Looking from the parking lot towards the theatre…Theatre 1 was on your left, theatres 2, 3, 4 were in the rear and theatre 5 was on your right with the lobby separating theatres 1 and 5.

As for sound Theatres 1, 4, and 5 supported stereo sound and by the time it closed they always had stereo (normally Dolby, sometimes EPRAD…theatre #4 normally had the EPRAD Starscope). The speakers behind the screen were JBL 4670s in 1, 4, 5 with Frazier surrounds. Theatres 2 and 3 were always mono and featured JBL 4673s behind the screen (early ones).


sott68 on February 12, 2010 at 11:37 am

I am pretty sure this was in the same plaza as Tower Records… I remember seeing movies here and then going to Tower, which was always open late and then going to eat at the pizza joint.

dwauters on May 8, 2009 at 8:52 pm

The architect was Woodhouse.

JodarMovieFan on March 7, 2009 at 1:53 pm

All right, I know I posted something about this place and its GONE again. So, here it goes. I remember seeing Footloose with my friends at this theater. As far as to the layout of the place, it is rather vague. I’m thinking that the auditoriums were of similar size and had speakers all over the theater. I remember when Deniece Williams' sang Lets Hear it For the Boy, both during the movie and during the end credits, you could hear her harmony and other instruments from different parts of the theater. Very nice.

I’m thinking I saw Unforgiven here as well. Of course, that film wasn’t an aural experience but more of a dramatically engaging for me after the first 1/3 of the movie.