Uptown Theater

3426 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20008

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carolgrau
carolgrau on December 28, 2005 at 7:48 am

I was a projectionist at the Wisconsin 6 and it was built by Cineplex Odeon, not Loews. It was later sold to Loews.
Norelco

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on December 23, 2005 at 11:57 am

The 10 AMC/Loews theatres mentioned above are not closing, they are going to be sold to other operators to prevent acusations of monopoly in certain markets. This was negotiated with the Justice Dept. and various state attorneys general in order to get approval of the merger. Don’t worry, they will still be around, just not operated by AMC or Loews anymore.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff on December 23, 2005 at 7:41 am

I saw KING KONG at the Uptown last weekend and the presentation was excellent. I guess the union projectionist was in the booth. It would be sad if we lost the Uptown, there are only a handful of venues left in the world that can provide an experience like this.
Seeing the 70mm restorations of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, MY FAIR LADY, and VERTIGO here was incredible. I wish somehow AFI or a similar organization could take over here to make sure this last vestige of true wide screen cinema is maintained and used to its fullest.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on December 23, 2005 at 6:16 am

In Thursday’s (12/22/05) Washington Post, there is a news bite about 10 Loews/AMC Theaters that are closing nationwide, the Uptown isn’t listed as one of them. The two multiplexes that are closing, in downtown DC, are the AMC Union Station 9 (not a bad plex, with several auditoriums named after older DC theaters..the Grand being the best and THX certified) and the Loews Wisconsin 6 (an okay 20 y.o. plex that is decked out in Loews purple, with auditoriums 4 and 5 having had 70mm projection and were formerly THX certified.)

As far as ‘restoring’ the Uptown, why would you want to tear down the current curved Cinerama capable screen and put back the old flat one? Part of the allure and charm of the Uptown was its unique wrap around screen. The theater was refurbished back in ‘96 and isn’t in disrepair and has hosted various charity film premiers over the year. The only 'restoration’ the Uptown needs is better film programming and employees and projectionists, in particular, who can bring back a sense of showmanship and pride that this theater had in years past.

gmorrison
gmorrison on December 23, 2005 at 3:39 am

In the book “Motion Picture Exhibition in Washington, DC” there is a photograph of the interior of the Uptown as it appeared at the time of the opening—1936. I assume it looked like this until the big screen and draperies were installed for Cinerama—the appearance the theatre has today.
My question: Does the “old” theatre still exist behind all those drapes? Is it in a restorable condition? Does anyone out there know?
I know we’re talking a considerable amount of money, but what are the chances of a non-profit buying the theatre? I know it doesn’t have a stage because it was built after vaudeville for movies only, but what if a stage could be added? Maybe it could host plays, concerts, etc. I would love to see it remain as movies-only, but I don’t know if that’s possible.
I think one would find a huge outpouring of support for such a project—similar to the Avalon’s experience. Many more people have had contact with the Uptown over the years, and may be willing to join a “Restore and Save the Uptown” organization.
Am I just dreaming?

Glenn M.
Washington, DC

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on December 3, 2005 at 2:21 am

If they close it they need to get that recently-installed chandelier from the Loew’s Capitol in NYC and donate it to the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens – don’t let it get lost….

MikeRadio
MikeRadio on December 3, 2005 at 1:36 am

Bad news for all…

After speaking to the attendent or manager at the theatre tonight, it seems there is little doubt that AMC weill close this theatre when it takes over. She seemed pessimistic about it remaining, and said the owner of the land may want to keep it as a movie house. It appears Loews is a renter.

Although this place is falling apart… No armrests in balcony anymore, paint chipping broken handrails etc, with some fixing up this can be a GREAT place.

Unfortunately, AMC being a more corporate company, will close the single screen thearte (as it has none its ownership).

I hopwe this does not happen, but I have a BAD vibe about this…

kdb2
kdb2 on November 30, 2005 at 11:32 am

I saw “Around the World in 80 Days” during its first run at the Uptown. That was an experience that I can still recall with great clarity. It was marvelous!

gstaff
gstaff on November 15, 2005 at 12:59 pm

Seeing the new Harry Potter premiere tonight (11.15) at the Uptown…I can’t wait.

My most memorable experience was trying to see Revenge of the Sith again before it left. Slightly under the influence, I was freaked out by the large number of Naval officers in line to see the movie. I moved past the line to the ticket booth, only to find out that a premiere for Stealth was there that night instead. With headphones on, I yelled louder than I hoped, “F@#$!”

Fearing that naval officers would take me away, I tried to move from the masses when I accidentally bumped into the very hot Jessica Biehl. She could tell from my eyes what kind of state I was in and laughed and said hello….pretty cool.

Michael21046
Michael21046 on August 3, 2005 at 3:59 pm

I am saddened to hear that the Uptown theatre is becoming just another Loew’s theatre. The 70mm presentation of “Rear Window” was the last time I saw a show at the Uptown. I had a bad incident at the parking lot across the way that discouraged me from coming b (Some advice – if you’re not anywhere within walking distance of the Uptown, take the Metro. Unless you’re really experienced parking is hard to find. I gave up going to the Avalon before that theatre closed because I had a problem finding somewhere to park my car. I went there because of their top notch presentation but getting to the box office to find the show was sold out was discouraging.) After reading the postings here I’ve come to the conclusion that Loew’s is giving the Uptown very low maintenance. Evidently, they’re looking at the bottom line and cutting corners. The Uptown is just another theatre among the million others. I still remember the 70mm showings of “Grease” and “Alien.” The revival showing of “Lawrence of Arabia” was undoubtedly the best in the region with the Uptown’s extra-large screen and brilliant sound. To me this was a 70mm roadshow was about. I considered going to see the last “Star War” movie at the Uptown but after reading the posts here I went to a theatre in Baltimore instead. It might have been nice as that’s where I saw the original “Star Wars”. It was in 35mm but the Uptown was the only theatre in town to hear the Dolby Stero. Going there for the last time would have brought it to a full circle. As a matter of fact I saw the original 3 SW films in DC theatres – the second one showed at the Cinema and the final one was at the Jenifer. Funny – they’re both gone.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on July 18, 2005 at 6:30 am

The uptown does indeed have 2 prints. One for the managers and one for the projectionists. Oh, by the way, the managers print no longer will run in Dolby digital because of the damage to it. So if you are going to see a movie there, find out when the projectionists' print is running or else you will only hear it in analog sound. What a surprise!!!

mws
mws on July 10, 2005 at 9:42 am

I have many happy memories of the Uptown Theater. I grew up in Southeast Washington, DC during the 1960’s and 1970’s. My parents were very strict and did not allow my sisters and I to see the Blaxploitation movies that became popular during the 1970’s. While the neighborhood children were going the local Senator Theater on Minnesota Avenue NE to see Shaft, Cleopatra Jones, Super Fly and all the other Blaxploitation movies of the time, my mother took us to the Uptown Theater on Connecticut Avenue to see the Hello Dolly, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof and other wholesome family movies. We would buy our candy at the People’s Drug Store across the street to avoid buying the high priced theater candy. To this day I am a big fan of musicals and anything by ROgers and Hammerstein, thanks to my mother and the Uptown Theater.

mws
mws on July 10, 2005 at 9:08 am

The Uptown Theater has many happy memories for me. I grew up in Southeast Washington DC during the 1960’s and 1970’s. My parents were very strict and did not allow my sisters and I to see the Blaxploitation movies that became popular during the 1970’s. While the neighborhood children were going local Senator Theater on Minnesota Avenue NE to see Shaft, Cleopatra Jones, Super Fly and all the other Blaxploitation movies of the time, my mother took us to the Uptown Theater on Connecticut Avenue to see the Hello Dolly, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof and other wholesome family movies. We would buy our candy at the People’s Drug Store across the street to avoid purchasing the high priced theater candy. To this day I am a big fan of muscials and anything written by Rogers and Hammerstein thanks to my mother and our many trips to the Uptown Theater.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on July 3, 2005 at 8:46 am

I’m sure it was a misthread. Piddy, if you think the managers are not the ones scratching the prints then think again. Managers have no business in the booth.

carolgrau
carolgrau on July 3, 2005 at 6:04 am

I have never heard of such a thing as 2 different prints, for one thing it would cost to much and theatre companies are not going to spend more than they have to. Keith is right, one misthread, plus no one in the booth to keep an eye on the running of the print, and guess what,there goes your print. I have seen it happen more times than I can remember.
Dave Grau (Mungo)
Norelco

SWATMAN
SWATMAN on July 2, 2005 at 9:08 am

I saw the movie on Wed and the movie had no scratches. So the person that said it had scratches must had seen it when a projectionist was running it. I heard that the projectionist have there print and the manager’s have there print. I saw the manager’s print and no scratches.

carolgrau
carolgrau on June 30, 2005 at 6:48 pm

Way to go Keith, you still got it pal.
Mungo

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on June 30, 2005 at 1:05 am

Forget about the theatre – who cares about “King Kong”?? – a re-make of a re-make [yawn].

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on June 29, 2005 at 8:45 pm

Who cares if King Kong is coming to the Uptown? With its current lousy projection and sound standards, I’ll stick to my closer, better sounding and looking (especially if its in DLP) multiplex movie screen, thank you.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on June 29, 2005 at 6:59 pm

Unfortunately, this is what happens when you take the qualified, union operators out of the booth and replace them with managers and concessionists that do not know what they are doing. They do this because they know people will still go to the theater. They will complain, but they will still go. Say goodbye to the perfect presentations. They are a thing of the past.

deleted user
[Deleted] on June 29, 2005 at 7:25 am

Universal presents KING KONG. World Premiere Monday, 12 December 2005 Ziegfeld Theatre, New York City. Regular performances start Wednesday, 14 December 2005 at the Ziegfeld Theatre, New York, the Cinerama Dome, Hollywood, CA, Seattle Cinerama and Uptown Theatre, Washington, DC.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on June 29, 2005 at 4:24 am

Oh OK, you’re right – I didn’t have the paper in front of me, since the Copley recently closed I thought it came from there.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 29, 2005 at 3:54 am

If you mean this chandelier, the Loews press release says it formerly hung in Boston’s Cheri theatre, not Copley Place.