Metropole Cinema Club

411 L Street NW,
Washington, DC 20002

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Previous Names: Bijou Theatre

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The Bijou Theatre was an “Adult” theatre that advertised their films as being “all male”. It was still operating under that name in 1977 and it then became the Metropole Cinema Club. It operated for a few more years and the building was eventually demolished.

By 1977, the operators of the Metropole Cinema Club had leased the space that had originally been built as The American Theatre and then became the historic Sylvan Theatre located at 104-108 Rhode Island Avenue NW. Renamed Metropole II (which has its own page on Cinema Treasures), the newspaper advertisements often listed film titles that could be suggestive or riffs of popular titles of the day (“The Boys in the Sand” was a riff on Mart Crowley’s play and movie “The Boys in the Band”). The Metropole Cinema Club reportedly closed its doors after only a few years.

Contributed by Michael Dean
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