AMC Loews Uptown 1

3426 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20008

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rcdt55b on January 7, 2007 at 9:05 am

Thats even more ridiculous than hoffa’s statements.

longislandmovies on January 7, 2007 at 8:23 am


rcdt55b on January 7, 2007 at 8:06 am

Any skill can be passed to anyone. The difference is in the training. Not only do you need to be properly trained how to handle film, you need to know how to work the equipment. It’s not a simple job even with a platter and automation. Union training is very thourough. The people running these machines now were taught how to thread the projector and hit the start button and pray that nothing goes wrong. In the meantime, they are scratching print, they dont set maskings properly, they dont focus, they dont check sound levels and worst of all they dont handle film properly. So yes, it can be passed down to someone if they have the proper training. The problem is, you have stupid morons like JHOFFA that dont care about the bad presentations and continue to spend their money without complaining.

rcdt55b on January 7, 2007 at 8:04 am

Any skill can be passed to anyone. The difference is in the training. Not only do you need to be properly trained how to handle film, you need to know how to work the equipment. It’s not a simple job even with a platter and automation. Union training is very thourough. The people running these machines now were taught how to thread the projector and hit the start button and pray that nothing goes wrong. In the meantime, they are scratching print, they dont set maskings properly, they dont focus, they dont check sound levels and worst of all they dont handle film properly. So yes, it can be passed down to someone if they have the proper training. The problem is, you have stupid morons like JHOFFA that dont care about the bad presentations and continue to spend their money without complaining.

Scott on January 7, 2007 at 6:27 am

At the rist of throwing more gas on the fire, could someone explain why a union projectionist can work a projector and handle film properly and a non-union projectionist cannot? Seems like that is a skill that could be passed to someone regardless of whether they belong to a union.

bufffilmbuff on January 7, 2007 at 5:03 am

Any more word about if and when AMC is going to close the Uptown? I saw DREAMGIRLS last weekend there myself and noticed the scratched print…. something that wouldn’t have happened with a real projectionist and would have never been tolerated in the past. It is a great and rare venue, it is too bad the people who own it do not appreciate it.

JohnMessick on January 6, 2007 at 11:09 pm

Norelco.. I was wondering how long it would take for you to response to jhoffa post, and it wasn’t long. Well said indeed.

rcdt55b on January 6, 2007 at 6:30 am

I’m wondering what an idiot like that is basing his comments on. He obviously knows nothing about the projectionists job. Morons like that are the ones that dont complain about the scratched prints and bad presentations. Are you happy spending your 10 bucks or so and another 15 on popcorn knowing that the theater owners removed the projectionist because stupid people like you dont care about real movie presentation? Sounds like it to me.

carolgrau on January 6, 2007 at 5:20 am

Boy what an idiot you are, What planet are you from? pensions and medial ha ha ha. The only pensions and meds. we ever got was the ones we paid for ourselves. Theatre owners are by far the cheapest owners out there, I know my own dad was one.Companies today want to hog all the profits for themselves and to hell with the employees. So really there are no bennifits anymore. So go watch your interupted movie asshole, and know if a union projectionist was in the booth you would most likely watch a perfect movie.

Jhoffa on January 5, 2007 at 12:03 pm

I for one am happy to know that I am no longer subsidizing the cushy pensions and medical plans of the union projectionists. This will only increase my pleasure at tonight’s showing of Dreamgirls.

JSA on January 2, 2007 at 2:59 pm


The Cinerama Dome at Arclight in Hollywood has DP. It is very impressive on their giant curved screen. A large percentage of their features last year were screened in digital format. As far as I can tell, among the few recent non-digital presentations at the Dome were “A Scanner Darkly” and “Flags of Our Fathers”.



rcdt55b on January 2, 2007 at 4:39 am

Unfortunately, They will not get it fixed. The problem is film handling. The so called projectionists that they have now do not know how to handle film. Once they got rid of the union, the presentation went downhill. It will continue to suffer until the place closes.

JodarMovieFan on January 2, 2007 at 3:25 am

This past Saturday, 12/30, we caught the 7:20pm show of Dreamgirls. I timed my arrival to park my car in a space, in front of the theater, just as patrons were leaving :) Given the success it has had in limited runs, I had expected a greater turn out at the Uptown. There was a line that stretched the block, but was not enough to fill the house. The film was warmly received but not lively and somewhat restrained given some of the production numbers and standout performance by Jennifer Hudson. Probably the make up of the patrons had something to do with it. A good decision by the manager to tear stubs while we were in standing line to get in made theater entry and seating much faster and efficient.

The presentation, itself, was good up to a point. The curtain was opened wide enough at the beginning to facilitate the preshow ad slides. Then it was closed and opened wide before the movie started, which was an unexpected surprise! The sound was good with decent surrounds. Midway through the movie, there was that annoying black line that ran down the middle of the screen, which I recall seeing when I saw the last Star Wars movie there. On a screen as tall and wide as the Uptown, such a prominent black streak is especially annoying and irritating. If they had had digital projection here as they did at NYC’s Ziegfeld, I’m sure the presentation would have been far better. But I’m curious as to how, or even if DP projects on the curved screen at the Arclight in Hollywood, as it would need to here to fill the screen.

Overall, my experience for this show was better than the last several times. I am perplexed as to why there was that seemingly same black streak during the movie. Is it part of the projection system maybe? If so, they need to get it fixed. If its due to print handling, then they need to do a better job at taking care of their prints. If they can fix that problem, then catching event films here would make me a regular patron again.

JohnMessick on November 23, 2006 at 5:26 am

Besides going there and seeing what the interior looks like. Does anyone have pictures of the interior or the exterior of the Uptown at night?

HowardBHaas on November 23, 2006 at 4:20 am

Well, it wasn’t a huge crowd because Flags of Our Fathers wasn’t popular nationwide. It was in its 4th week at the Uptown and had already been dropped from whatever multiplexes likely had run it, such as the Georgetown and downtown.

If people want to see the Uptown survive as a daily movie house, you need to go to the Uptown and see them there!

longislandmovies on November 22, 2006 at 5:08 pm


HowardBHaas on November 22, 2006 at 3:14 pm

You didn’t seem to realize the attraction is the Uptown’s giant screen, and the balcony. That’s why it has survived all these years. It won’t be twinned.

I started attending when it was the Circle Uptown. Circle, Cineplex Odeon, and Loews all respected the house. Loews closed the Avalon and the Cinema, and wasn’t keen on full time projectionists, but they had excellent staff. They were polishing the brass on the doors, and using the curtain at the screen.

Two Saturdays ago, I enjoyed Flags of the Fathers. The presentation was excellent- projection, sound, and the curtain was used before and after the movie. The staff however, did appear and act underwhelming. This was the first time in 21 years that I’ve been attending when there wasn’t a professional staff. AMC can do better.

MikeRadio on November 22, 2006 at 2:24 pm


I go to the Uptown OFTEN.. why do you ask??

I am looking forward to see Bobby again this weekend…. Being in media, I saw a press showing several weeks ago, and found it to be a VERY good movie… maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but definitely entertaining if you want a true feel of the country during the time.. A true period piece with a real all star cast…

Despite what people have said here about projection and whatnot, the Uptown is still the best in DC and is a place to take people from out of town since single screen large houses are so rare.

I hope AMC holds on to it.

DKR on November 16, 2006 at 9:48 pm

This could be truly bad news. Although I’ve lived in Seattle all my life, I did have the opportunity to see a film at the Uptown back in 1985 (I don’t remember what I saw) and the theater (if not the film) provided me an unforgettable experience. Here’s hoping that a responsible exhibitor such as Landmark is able to take over operation should AMC pull out. The demographics of Northwest Washington would be a perfect fit for them.

Here in Seattle, AMC manages our much-beloved Cinerama Theater. Unlike the Uptown’s experience, they are doing a credible job here despite the fact that they got rid of the union a couple of years ago. The difference between the Uptown and the Cinerama as far as operations go probably lies with the owners of the two theaters.

I have no idea who actually owns the Uptown, but the Cinerama is owned by one of our resident billionaires, Paul Allen. It was he who saved it from being razed and sunk 15 Million of his own money to upgrade it to perhaps the finest theater in the country. I have a feeling that he and his associates keep a pretty tight rein on AMC and their antics. Case in point: The Cinerama looks as new today as when it first reopened about six years ago.

I had to laugh about the post questioning why there is a “1” after the listing for the Uptown. This happens at the Cinerama, too, and I’ve often wondered why. A little trivia: Before the Loews merger, the Cinerama was the only theater in AMC’s portfolio that was a single screener. And the only reason they got it was because of their buyout of General Cinema after that circuit tanked.

rlvjr on November 16, 2006 at 7:10 pm

One indication of AMC’s intentional running of the UPTOWN into the ground was the newsmaking World Premiere of Kevin Costner’s THE GUARDIAN. A big event, financed by Disney, the picture was shown on prime digital projectors —– ONE TIME ONLY. AMC re-installed the older substandard equipment the very next day.

Washingtonians love the UPTOWN and have supported it with huge box office for decades. The ONLY reason for its decline is AMC —– booking substandard movies, using substandard equipment. Employees used to be well dressed and speaking English as a native tongue. Now the staff is 100% foreign, and the manager hangs around with his shirt unbuttoned to the waist, showing off his oversized belly and chest hairs. STANLEY WARNER and later CIRCLE THEATRES, still later CINEPLEX ODEON prided themselves in maintaining the UPTWON as DC’s finest. AMC, in contrast, is working toward failure.

HowardBHaas on November 4, 2006 at 3:10 pm

Some exhibitors like AMC place a “1” after any single screen they operate. Especially with the merger, AMC is operating other singles like the Tower East (72nd Street) in NYC.

The magnficience of the Uptown is its huge screen and its balcony. It won’t be chopped up.

Whether AMC cares or not, the Uptown is still viable for movies, mainstream issues as well as classics. Whether under AMC operation, or another operator, let’s hope the Uptown survives so the people who want to see a movie on a huge screen in a movie house with a real presence can do so!

JodarMovieFan on November 4, 2006 at 1:59 pm

I don’t understand why the listings for this theater, both in the newspaper and online, have it listed as the Uptown 1. Why bother putting in the 1? If you leave it off and look at the listings, you know it is just a single screen theater. Washingtonians know it is a single screen theater, so its of no use to anyone unless you’re looking at showtimes and are outside of the area. On the other hand, maybe there are plans to carve up the theater????

teecee on November 4, 2006 at 3:56 am

I just went to this theater on 10/30/06. What an experience. Glad I got to it before any rumored closing. The screen is immense.
What a shame if she closes.

JodarMovieFan on November 2, 2006 at 11:09 am

Just read the posts above as to why people don’t travel to see movies at the Uptown, or downtown for that matter. The quality of projection and sound, as well as the programming choices just plain suck. They should be booking classic movies ala NYC’s The Ziegfeld and make use of that wonderful 80' screen to show 70mm movies during the slow period such as now. Or, offer them during the weekdays and the traditional Hollywood fare on the weekends, maybe even mix it up!

Even Wisconsin Ave had 70mm projection in #4 and 5. They could offer counter programming to the traditional fare. How many screens do you have to have to show Saw 3, or similar garbage anyway?

If you offer something that you can’t see in your neighborhood multiplex, or even at home in HD, and drum it up, people will come, which includes myself and, I’m sure, many others in this market.

Giles on November 2, 2006 at 6:07 am

according to Washington Post’s Marc Fisher:

“Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 10/31/2006
The Tragedy of the Dying Movie Houses
The roster of Washington area movie theaters shut down in the last few years is already depressing: the Biograph, Key, Cerberus, Fine Arts, Janus, Visions, Inner Circle, Outer Circle, Cinema, Jenifer, MacArthur, Paris, Studio, Tenley, and West End theaters closed, most of them to make way for CVS drug stores or to sit empty for year after year.

Now add two more to the list of the lost: In the suburbs, one of the last of the second-run theaters, the Premier Cinemas at Jumpers in Pasadena in Anne Arundel County, shut its doors on Sunday, a victim of changing moviegoing habits and an inability to afford the new digital screening technology. And in the District, the Loews Wisconsin Avenue in upper Northwest is next to go, a victim of the merger between the Loews and AMC chains. Insiders say it will shut its doors at the end of November.

And while there’s no official word, projectionists and other local movie industry workers are hearing more and more gloomy rumors about the future of the region’s grandest remaining movie house, the Uptown in Cleveland Park. If its days are numbered too, that calls for a popular uprising even more vociferous than that which eventually saved the Avalon in Chevy Chase.

The culprits for all those losses: Home video, the multiplexing of American movie houses, the insatiable spread of CVS, and the decline of the second-run and repertory formats.

The replacements: The AFI Silver, the Landmark art houses on E Street and in Bethesda, and the Loews complex in Georgetown.

Net loss: Huge, especially in Dupont Circle, the Wisconsin Avenue corridor in upper Northwest, and Georgetown.

Moviegoing at the 4000 Wisconsin was never a spectacular experience; the place is among the better of the 1980s theaters, but that’s not saying much. The walls are too thin, the sound bleeds from one theater to the next, several of the boxes are way too small—but there are decent-sized screens and even advanced sound and projection systems in the two largest theaters in the multiplex. But this is a case of Loews wanting to push business to its new Georgetown complex and of the landlord, Fannie Mae, never having been all that thrilled about having the unwashed public wandering through its corporate headquarters, according to workers at the theater.

Can and should the Uptown be saved?"

The thought of The Uptown closing is and would be truly terrible loss for the city. If and when AMC closes the theatre I hope there is enough public/private support to continue this theatre as Chevy Chase did with the Avalon.