Synetic Theater

1800 S. Bell Street,
Arlington, VA 22202

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Previously operated by: K-B Theatres

Architects: William C. Riseman

Functions: Live Theater

Previous Names: Crystal Theatre, Crystal City Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 866.811.4111

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Synetic Theater

The Crystal Theatre was one of the original tenants of the Crystal City underground complex. This first run movie theatre opened January 14, 1970 with Virna Lisi and Terry Thomas in “Arabella”. It had 700 seats and was located inside the Marriott Crystal City Hotel. It closed on the Spring of 1990, and was converted to an auditorium used by conferences held at the hotel.

In September 2010 it was taken over by the Synetic Theater Company and renamed Synetic Theater.

Contributed by Robert R, John Coursey

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

rlvjr on July 4, 2006 at 6:42 pm

This modern theatre was extremely popular when new, but it lacked any architectural distinction. It was managed by KB Theaters, the best managed local movie chain Washington DC ever had. The theatre is actively used today as a conference center auditorium and classes are held there frequently.

sconnell1 on March 23, 2009 at 5:05 pm

The Crystal City opened on 1/14/70 with BARARELLA.

femgoo on August 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm

now it’s used for Arena stage. plays and musicals.

rivest266 on June 28, 2015 at 12:38 pm

January 14th, 1970 grand opening ad in photo section

Giles on June 21, 2017 at 2:37 pm

obviously this reporter forgot about this prior location being a movie theater, but on the plus side looks like the ‘live’ Synetic theater' will have a new ‘movie’ theater neighbor.

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