Dupont Circle 5 to close in Jan ‘08

posted by JodarMovieFan on September 24, 2007 at 7:50 am

WASHINGTON, DC — According to a report in the Washington Post, the AMC Dupont Circle 5, a 5 screen 725 seat miniplex, will officially close by the end of January ‘08. It was the last surviving theater in that area after the closings of area theaters such as the Janus, single screen Dupont and Embassy. Its replacement will be an undisclosed retailer.

The last movie theater standing in Dupont Circle, a neighborhood once known for its small, funky, foreign and art-house film offerings, will close in January after struggling to compete with the area’s bigger and newer multiplexes.

The demise of the Dupont 5 reflects the increased difficulty for smaller, neighborhood theaters competing with megaplex venues. Those behemoths, after conquering the suburbs with their stadium seating and surround-sound offerings, have steadily gained a foothold in urban markets. It is also a sign of the continuing change underway in one of the most distinctive neighborhoods in Washington, one brought on by increasing rents for commercial real estate.

Comments (3)

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on September 24, 2007 at 10:19 am

here’s the link to the page on the former Embassy theater, mentioned above:
/theaters/8050/

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on September 24, 2007 at 1:32 pm

At least the Embassy is still there (for now) with a possibility of coming back as a theater. I thought the Visions Bistro was a good idea even though I visited the place once or twice.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 24, 2007 at 10:32 pm

AMC IS LETTING THE LEASES ON ALL THESE OLD 5 AND 6 SCREENS EXPIRE!

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