AED Globe Theatre

1907 Florida Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20009

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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc.

Architects: John J. McNamara

Functions: Gymnasium

Previous Names: Loew's Embassy Theatre, Embassy Circle Theater, Visions Cinema Bistro Lounge

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AED Globe Theatre

Loew’s Theaters opened the Embassy Theater on August 29, 1963 with Janet Leigh in “Wives & Lovers” with the film star appearing ‘in person’. The Washington Post described it: “A graceful, curving facade greets the customer, who is ushered into a wide foyer carpeted in wall-to-wall blue wool…flecked…with tiny red-and-black spots. Inside the pleasant auditorium, the cleverly staggered chairs soothe the eye with blue basket-weave nylon upholstery. A fluted curtain in the same color covers the screen…and uniquely rises in Austrian curtain style.”

The Loew’s organization sold the theater in June 1978 to the Pedas Brothers, who renamed it the Embassy Circle, to fit in with their other theaters, the Circle, Inner Circle, and Outer Circle 1 and 2.

In August 1998, the Embassy Theatre closed. It reopened in 2000 as the Visions Cinema Bistro Lounge, under an independent operator, after being renoveated into one auditorium of 210 seats plus a 32 seat balcony, and a second auditorium with 115 seats. The redone theatre showed repertory, independent, and experimental films. It closed in September 2004 and has been converted into office space.

It re-opened in July 2009 as a multi-use venue, known as the AED Globe Theatre. It was closed in 2014 and was converted into a gymnasium, which opened in February 2015.

Contributed by Ron Miller (Ron3853)

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Giles on February 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I didn’t realize this, but the theatre has reopened as the AED Globe Theatre – as a multi-use space:

“On Friday July 24 (2009), the new AED Globe Theater in Washington, D.C. will open to the public with a benefit concert by three-time Grammy Award-winning singers Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The performance will help raise funds to support Ghana CEDEM, a Ghanaian NGO dedicated to improving the quality of education for Ghana’s children.

“Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s presence at the AED Globe Theater offers the community a chance to see superb performers in an intimate setting,” said Stephen F. Moseley, President of AED. “These talented musicians will be celebrating our new theater and AED’s place in the community and world.”

“This theater will host cultural programs, films, and discussions to encourage dialogue and bring the local community, and communities around the world, closer together,” Moseley added."


a few films of this year’s Environment Film Festival will be shown next month (March) at the theatre.

HowardBHaas on December 19, 2012 at 5:17 am

Is it still open? I don’t find a website.

Tracy on July 9, 2013 at 11:48 pm

I liked this as Visions, which included a cafe and bar, but then the E Street cinema opened and seemed to ciphon off a lot of their business.

RSM3853 on December 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm

More films that played at the Embassy Circle from 1977 through spring 1980. 02/09/77The Sentinel 03/30/77Demon Seed 05/11/77The Car 06/15/77A Bridge Too Far 11/16/77Semi-Tough 02/01/78Liz 02/08/78Coma 03/22/78Blue Collar 04/26/78FM 05/24/78American Graffiti ® 06/14/78Jaws 2 10/04/78The Sound of Music ® 10/25/78The Wiz 06/06/79Phantasm 07/11/79Jaws ® 07/25/79The Wanderers 08/08/79Americathon 08/15/79Star Wars ® 09/05/79The House of Crazies 11/07/79The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh 02/15/80Cruising 03/28/80Jesus

51jc56jg on January 31, 2014 at 10:05 pm

I want find out if someone remember’s the movie theater that was located on 5169 Wisconsin Ave.I only saw two movies there- The Exorcist(1973)and Raiders of the ark(1980).

squadoosh on July 3, 2014 at 2:54 pm

That was the KB-Cinema.

rivest266 on June 27, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Grand opening ad in photo section.

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Scott Neff on July 6, 2015 at 10:34 am

Theatre is closed. Now a gym as of Feb 2015.

HowardBHaas on July 6, 2015 at 2:23 pm

story about gym opening

Giles on July 6, 2015 at 8:46 pm

lame – Dupont used to be a great place to catch a movie – now I hardly go there at all – even out to dinner.

Interestingly the Dupont Underground project “turn[ing] a pair of abandoned trolley platforms beneath Dupont Circle into a lively exhibition space capable of hosting concerts, art galleries, wine tastings or film screenings” has been curtailed and dropped the film screenings aspect [oh well…]

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