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Per Courtnerkin in Flickr “It was initially a single screen cinema called Cinema One. It was twinned by placing a sound wall down the center of the auditorium and downsizing the screens. I think this occurred about 1984. I’m pretty sure I saw Empire Strikes Back there prior to the twinning. After it was twinned, it was called Cinema Twin. In about 1994 under new management, it was renamed Cheri. Following another management change it became the Campus Twin before going under.”
Here and here are photos of the cinema from March 2008.
Only what the current proprietor told me this past Saturday.
A great amount of money and effort has been lost by individuals who are attempting to restore and reopen the Parkway only to be stymied by the local government who would rather raze the theatre and use the land for other purposes. The current owner could really use some concerted help from the citizens of Baltimore in overcoming the bureaucratic roadblocks the city is putting up to prevent saving this magnificent piece of architecture.
Here and here are photos from March 2008 of the former Village Theatre.
Here and here are March 2008 photos of the Arlington Theatre. The owners are expending their operation and will soon be opening another Cinema & Drafthouse on the site of the former Wheaton Cinema Seven .
The Wheaton Plaza Cinema closed around the end of March 2008 and is slated to reopen sometime the summer as the Wheaton Plaza Cinema & Drafthouse.
Here are photos from April 2008 of the vacate Riverdale Theatre: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
According to one tenet of the building, aside from some of the seats being removed, the cinema remains pretty much intact. Here are photos from March 2008 of the area leading to this underground venue: 1, 2
Here is the 1965 sketch of the Loewâ€™s Fairfax Circle and this is a March 2008 photo of the building in its current incarnation. The interior has been completely gutted.
Here and here are March 2008 photos of the former Kaywood Theatre.
Here and here are photos from March 2008 of the former Jesse/Stanton. The building is currently being restored and refitted to be used as a church.
There is a vacant, one story building at this address which is slated to be demolished in order for condominiums to be built on the site. This building is rather non-descript and does not have any features which suggest that it might have once been a cinema.
Here are photos from March 2008 of the former Embassy/Visions Cinema: 1, 2, 3
Here and here are photos from February 2008 of the former Naylor Theatre.
The Parkway was built as a triplex with a total seating capacity of 900 (400 in two auditoriums and 100 in the third). Philip Mason was the design consultant.
Here and here are February 2008 photos of the Takoma Theatre.
Here are 2008 photos of the Parkway. It is hard to conceive that this was ever a triplex. Front, Side, Interior
Here are 2008 photos of the AFI Silver: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
I have an address listing the Fairfax Circle at 9488 Arlington Blvd, Fairfax, VA and had a seating capacity of 1,200.
The West Spring opened in 1973 under the Jerry Lewis Cinema banner with a seating capacity of 560.
Here are photos from 2008 of the Bethesda Row Cinema: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Here is a February 2008 photo of the Old Town exterior and here is a photo of the proscenium.
Cinema architecture of the 1970s is as memorable as the hairstyles of the same era; to glance upon them provokes the action to turn ones head in hope that the image will go away. But as with any epoch, no matter how desolate, there are some remnants which merit praise for their uniqueness in both style and form. The architecture of the Cinema North fits this criterion. Its design is something akin to a honeycomb and/or a strand of DNA. The hexagon shaped auditoria with their large curved screens, spacious, sun-drenched lobbies, catacomb like hall ways make going to the cinema a sensual experience. Fortunately the good souls who comprise the congregation of the Living To Go Life Centre have retained many of these distinguishing architectural features in transforming this cinema into a house of worship.
Here and here are February 2008 photos of the Atlas.