AMC Uptown 1

3426 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20008

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spectrum
spectrum on May 10, 2022 at 8:17 pm

Another 2021 article about possible renovation:

https://wtop.com/entertainment/2021/10/is-the-uptown-theater-returning-to-dc-heres-what-we-know-so-far-folks/

MSC77
MSC77 on December 25, 2021 at 3:22 pm

Here’s a new 4-page 50th anniversary FIDDLER ON THE ROOF retrospective featuring a roadshow playdate chronology and historian Q&A. The Uptown’s 57-week run is mentioned in the piece.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on November 11, 2021 at 11:36 am

Since for years, I’ve sat in the Uptown balcony, it would be disappointing if the balcony became a 2nd screen. It the entire theater was divided left to right, that would be even worse. New seats would be fine. I doubt Landmark anywhere has any Dolby Vision or Dolby Atmos surround sound, but that would be great, too. If Landmark could get the curtain used again, that would also be nice.

Giles
Giles on November 11, 2021 at 11:20 am

I was over in the neighborhood the other day and there is no liquor license signage up, but according to another friend, the older prior seats were being taken out earlier in the week. All I know at this point is that Landmark IS, and will be running this theatre. However there’s been some alarming news/rumours that they might twin the theater, which would be horrible. In somewhat related news, a friend, who up and just literally dumped me for reasons unknown, who worked for Alamo Drafthouse corporate, said that the December opening of the Rhode Island Ave. theatre’s ‘Big Show’ screen would exceed the Uptown’s screen by some twenty feet, making it the largest screen in DC proper.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on October 21, 2021 at 5:28 pm

I heard over the local news station that the neighborhood board association gave their approval for some kind of liquor permit to Landmark Theaters. However, it should be noted they didn’t apply for one, nor stated any intention to lease the theater. I suppose it was a gesture to entice Landmark to take over the venue.

sguttag
sguttag on September 15, 2021 at 11:06 am

I wouldn’t expect it to be cut up (and there are many reasons as to why). If it was, it would lose its appeal extremely fast and likely make it not worth the hassle/cost.

My guess is that they would try to pair it with E-street to book it like one complex, in a sense. This was done back in the day to ensure that the Uptown to eject a lower performing title to Wisc. Ave cinemas or another LCE (and before that Circle) theatre. Heck, I remember a time when Circle would offer a studio a 2-week run in a take it or leave it fashion because that theatre gives a movie credibility, not vice-versa.

We’ll see. This is a different world in many ways.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on September 15, 2021 at 9:48 am

If Landmark is successful in reopening, I don’t see how economically viable it will be to keep it a single screen. They’ve got to at least twin or triplex the place. They could turn the balcony into another single or twin..or more depending how much of a shoebox theater you want. Sounds depressing.

Parking is difficult, unless your patrons take the Metro. I don’t. Back in the day, you could park in the residential area adjacent to the theater but now they’ve got stickers so that isn’t going to work, either, except for the non-enforcement hours, which I don’t recall off the top of my head.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 15, 2021 at 9:35 am

Possible upcoming re-opening by Landmark.

https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/landmark-theaters-in-talks-to-reopen-uptown-theater?fbclid=IwAR2eqChOTiBfkLhjc5IOBzfCKc40FdjJs2clD1sztYw9ffvLOBbaZoGFp8g

jeffpiatt
jeffpiatt on October 12, 2020 at 4:05 pm

Sounds like they let the lease expire and opted to not renew rather than downgrade it to AMC classic. The only single screen theater they have left is a IMAX in Chicago, IL at the navy peir

markp
markp on June 2, 2020 at 5:41 am

I agree. Just like the Paris in NYC, leave the seats alone. Its an old theatre and should be left as such.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 1, 2020 at 6:06 am

What if Disney buys the uptown? It could be their flagship theater on the east coast much like the El Capitan is on the west coast, then renovate it with recliners and reserved seating and upgrade the audio to Dolby Atmos and dolby vision projection.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on May 31, 2020 at 10:08 pm

With the Seattle Cinerama’s closure, Netflix buying the Egyptian in Hollywood, it would make sense for Amazon (Jeff Bezos) to either buy the Cinerama..maybe the Uptown, too. Both great classic movie houses. They could dismantle the 3-strip cinerama projection and bring it back here, too. :) How cool is that?

Mark Boszko
Mark Boszko on May 31, 2020 at 6:50 pm

Aside, to SethLewis: Yenching Palace! That Chinese place was great. I was so sad when that closed and became a Walgreens. They had the best neon sign.

Mark Boszko
Mark Boszko on May 31, 2020 at 6:35 pm

Oh no. I just heard the news — Not only is my treasured Seattle Cinerama closing, but my beloved Uptown? I went there often, when I lived in the DC suburbs, for almost twenty years, 1994–2013. It was the theatre that really kindled my love for grand cinematic experiences. Rest in peace, friend.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on March 16, 2020 at 4:13 pm

As the closure of the theater is sinking in, I’ve become more disappointed in the Post’s article. They are too lazy to go and get a current picture of the place and use one from years ago. How crazy is that? I’m just curious as to how badly the theater was doing for it to close. You’d think if there was a marginal loss, the others in the chain would help offset it.

If they want to twin it, make the upstairs an auditorium to itself. Actually, you could do two. Split the balcony into two screens. Keep the big one downstairs intact. :)

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 15, 2020 at 8:31 am

SethLewis, actually it was the 1996 blizzard since 12 monkeys came out during christmas of 1995. How many single screens AMC’s are left? Barely none, as AMC introduced the megaplex idea to the US with the Grand Theatre in Texas and has been in business in many forms for the past 100 years. I hope someone who takes over this venue doesn’t demolish it and turn it into a performing arts center. RIP Uptown.

Giles
Giles on March 14, 2020 at 7:57 pm

This does not need an IMAX laser install – a top of the line 4K laser projector is the least it would need to be state of the art – pop in a Dolby Atmos system, the theater could and should feature the modern amenities of most chain theater ‘premier’ screens. Folk literally have no problem dropping $20 on average at Tyson’s for Dolby Cinema, and other luxury theaters in the area, there’s no reason why if another film exhibitor were to resume operation HAS to include laser projection and immersive audio when it’s become the norm. Reading the Post article was just depressing, sure running a one screen theater is a challenge, but it needs the community to back it and give some voice to the neighborhood if it truly wants it back, and it comes at a terrible time, when theaters nationwide and internationally are having a significant drop in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Booking Pixar’s ‘Onward’ there, which was Pixar’s second lowest grossing movie, and then having it’s next movie, the new James Bond, bumped to November, and then the sudden audience no-shows, just gave AMC the more excuses to just throw in the towel, just sad and unfortunate.

SethLewis
SethLewis on March 14, 2020 at 3:18 am

Saw 12 Monkeys here with a nearly full house on the Saturday night after the 1997 blizzard…people were desperate to go out. Great Chinese restaurant next door – sizzling rice soup! Also saw American President and Twister here with decent crowds

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on March 13, 2020 at 8:34 pm

Oh wow. What sad news among everything else that is going on. The Washington Post has an article today on the closing online. I’m surprised the venue was kept open this long to be honest. My last experience there a decade or so was poor. I think I saw Dreamgirls here. Ok, that was 15 years ago.

I suppose when they got rid of their 70mm projectors it sealed its fate as just another theater. The opportunity to offer counter programming with occasional 70mm retrospectives gone. Not that the AFI Silver doesn’t do them, but honestly, its not as immersive as the Uptown.

Maybe we should write Jeff Bezos to buy the property and do a Paul Allen and modernize and restore the Uptown ala Seattle’s Cinerama. :) How cool would that be? Restore 3-strip Cinerama, 70mm, maybe do an IMAX laser install, or Doug Trumbull’s new HFR 3D laser system.

I’d do it but I’m $9,999,999 short of being a multi-millionaire. :( :)

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on March 13, 2020 at 3:51 pm

Hello- from NYC-

was this closure(hopefully temporary) something that was talked about in a hush hush way for years like the Ziegfeld or was it a sudden thing that shocked even the staff of the theater. its like the 86th St. East in Manhattan. the theater closed the last week of May 2019 and even many staff members weren’t even aware it was closing.

SethLewis
SethLewis on March 13, 2020 at 2:12 pm

A huge shame…a great place to see a movie

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on March 13, 2020 at 10:37 am

AMC confirmed they will no longer operate the theater. “Yesterday was AMC’s final day of operations at the location and all associates have been provided the opportunity to move to nearby AMC locations,” AMC director of corporate communications Ryan Noonan told WTOP. https://wtop.com/entertainment/2020/03/uptown-theater-historic-host-of-2001-jurassic-park-premieres-closes-in-dc/

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on March 13, 2020 at 4:16 am

Many loving tributes online over time, including this article https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/film-tv/article/21016116/an-oral-history-of-dcs-uptown-theater

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on March 12, 2020 at 3:15 pm

It could also be that the film they were supposed to get was pushed back. I don’t know.