Uptown Theater

3426 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20008

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dave-bronx™ on June 28, 2005 at 11:34 pm

The chandelier mentioned in Keith Maddens post above, was originally in the Loew’s Capitol in New York City, and more recently in the Copley Place theatre in Boston.

JodarMovieFan on June 28, 2005 at 8:24 pm

Having returned from a mid-week, evening showing of “Revenge of the Sith,” I’m sad to report that things haven’t changed a whole lot at this theater. The presentation was a disappointment all around. The movie was scratchy, blotchy and had a noticeable line running down the middle during previews and at the end credits. I realize this is a dark movie, both in subject matter and lighting, but in many of the scenes, especially during the one where Sidious reveals his true self to Anakin, the costumes were too dark. No texture differences, washed out color. The digital projection of this film was so much better hands down. The only saving grace to watching this film, at this theater, is its enormous screen size. It draws you in, but the horrible picture and sound brings you back to reality like a slap in the face. sigh

The sound was subdued even though this was supposedly an event film. Given the fact there may have been less than 20 in the audience, in a theater that could seat 800 or so, I guess whomever was responsible for the audio settings just turned it down. A waste of my $9.50.

KeithMadden on June 24, 2005 at 7:14 am

I am sorry to hear about your bad experience with The Aviator at the Uptown. Sadly this was not an isolated incident. Loews wisely chose to schedule projectionists full time for the opening weeks of Star Wars at the Uptown. The print remained flawless unlike those for all of the other features since the beginning of the year when they installed a platter and made “managers” run the equipment.

Loews recently began cutting back projectionist hours again. War of the Worlds opens next. Unfortunately all it takes is one misthread to scratch a print. Out of frame, out of focus, out of every other spec seems to be the accepted norm at multi screen mall complexes but it seems such a shame to have it happen at the Uptown where quality presentation was taken for granted.

To their credit Loews lifted an antique chandelier from one of the theaters it closed in New York City and it now adorns the Uptown lobby. Ultimately however what keeps the audiences coming back is the light on the giant screen not the light in the lobby.

Interesting development this week, AMC and Loews have announced plans to merge. How will the new stewards of this grand olde dame treat her?

davgar on June 22, 2005 at 7:05 pm

Would love to hear how the projection situation is going there now. I was actually in one of the audiences when The Aviator showed and had to ask the manager repeatedly to get the film centered on the screen, and later got to see when a reel got out of registration and the screen was a full blur. Wondering if things have changed there at all…..

Coate on June 21, 2005 at 6:20 am

The Uptown was among the theatres included in the original limited-market launch of “Star Wars.” The Uptown’s 5/25/77 opening-day gross, as reported in Daily Variety, was a house record $12,896.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 15, 2005 at 2:24 pm

These pictures of the Uptown were taken on November 10, 2001, the last time “2001” played there:

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BeltwayBrian on May 26, 2005 at 11:14 am

Incredible viewing experience! I will see every possible movie at this theater that I am able to. I suggest you do the same. Almost a full house for a Wednesday 6:30 showing of Star Wars. Fantastic…I’m glad the community comes out to support this theater!

BeltwayBrian on May 25, 2005 at 9:13 am

How can we get Lowe’s out and someone esle in? I have never been to the Uptown but after reading about it here for the first time I might just go tonight to see Star Wars. Does this theater, or rather, Lowes hold film fests? Possibly after summer? I am so jonesing to go to this theater I might leave work early…I am just drooling! 70 ft screen….WOW!!!

Meredith on May 11, 2005 at 2:33 pm

I love going to the Uptown, but sadly, Loews seems to be killing it. I’ve heard enough about the mice that I won’t buy anything from their stands anymore or allow my friends to do so when we go. Which is getting rarer and rarer, because I have no desire to see the movies they book. (Aviator? Not a chance. The Interpreter? No thanks.) They almost didn’t get Star Wars. I really don’t think it’s going to last much longer.

JodarMovieFan on May 10, 2005 at 3:19 pm

Yes, they are showing it starting with a 12:01 AM show that is sold out. Since they’ve gone to a platter system, I suspect the projection qualities aren’t quite up to decent standards. I’m going to see it in DLP and then at Baltimore’s Senator Theater, then maybe the Uptown, unless someone has a post that indicates the picture and sound are bad first. My experience seeing Attack of the Clones, in ‘02, here was quite bad.

frostbyte on May 10, 2005 at 1:29 pm

In 1977, I saw “Star Wars” at the Uptown. I wonder if they plan on showing “Revenge of the Sith”?

Coate on May 4, 2005 at 12:05 am

“ ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ which had its world premiere at the Uptown on April 1, 1968…and played there for 18 months or so.”

“I thought 2001 had its world premiere in the Loew’s Cinerama in NY.”

The world premiere of “2001” was on April 2, 1968. The Uptown engagement ran for 51 weeks.

The three premieres for the film’s first-week release were…
DC: April 2
NY: April 3
LA: April 4

For more about the original roadshow release of “2001” I recommend the following article/list. Be sure to click the link to the engagement list, which is page two of the article.

SWATMAN on April 11, 2005 at 5:20 pm

The person that told me that Dupont is closing in six week heard wrong.

SWATMAN on April 10, 2005 at 8:35 am

I heard yesterday that Uptown will be opening at 6pm starting this week or next week. Also that the Dupont Theatre is closing in 6 Weeks for good.

carolgrau on April 5, 2005 at 3:49 pm

RCDTJ, could not have said it better. Thanks.
Dave Grau (Mungo)

rcdt55b on April 5, 2005 at 8:35 am

Unfortunately this theater will never be the same if they continue to use non union, non professionals to run the booth. As you all have seen in these posts, the quality of presentation here is being destroyed. It will not change until the professional operators are put back in place. This is a fact. I have seen it happen for the last 10-15 years. This will continue to happen until enough people start to complain and stop going to these theaters. The theater owners do not care because people continue to go. If you are not satisfied with the presentation, demand your money back. This has to stop! Stop letting these people take advantage of the paying public.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 5, 2005 at 5:52 am

I saw a 70mm revival of “Lawrence of Arabia” here in 2002 on that huge screen and was never as overwhelmed by that great movie as I was at that showing. That theatre and that film constituted a marriage made in heaven.

JodarMovieFan on April 4, 2005 at 3:43 pm

The Uptown was remodeled back in 1996 or so. The seats have higher backs and are a marked improvement from what was installed before. The sight lines are good given the enormous size of the screen. Now, I haven’t been there since Spiderman 2, so I can’t say how much worse the presentation is now. I saw Sin City in DLP and enjoyed the presentation, but the movie was so so.

I do plan on seeing Revenge of the Sith there to compare it to Baltimore’s Senator and Crown Annapolis' digital presentation of the movie. I’m sure there will be posts about this theater, again, at that time.

William on April 4, 2005 at 12:34 pm

I like large single screen theatres for the screen size and that they can play those digital or mag soundtracks without blowing the next theatre (plex type) out. The theatres like the Uptown, Chinese, Cinerama Dome, Astor Plaza, Rivoli and the names go on. Were event type theatres, you got a Great presentations every time you went, no matter how good or bad the feature was. With the Uptown damaging some many print in a short time. I would go elsewhere, if there is a better presentation nearby.

“Sin City” is a Flat 1.85 presentation.

mattoremland on April 4, 2005 at 11:20 am

Well it seems to me that people are somewhat unhappy with the Uptown? I am thinking of going tonight to see ‘Sin City’ and I’ve been real excited about it. My girlfriend has misgivings because they do not have stadium seats. She says the stadium seats are more comfortable for your back. So how are the seats in terms of comfort at the Uptown? And is it even worth going if so many seem to think they’re failing in their unique qualities? I mean, could we possibly be better off going to the Georgetown Loews?

rcdt55b on March 24, 2005 at 4:56 am

Not to mention all the outsourcing. How many times have you called an american company for customer service and someone from India picks up. How many Seven Elevens are owned and run by americans. None that I have seen. Cheap labor. That’s what it’s all about. Nothing else. It does not matter how hard you work anymore. It’s all about money. Screw the customer. Give them a free pass to come back. They will just buy more popcorn and candy.

carolgrau on March 23, 2005 at 1:00 pm

We can all thank that peice of shit named Ronald Reagan for his union busting to help his friends in big business. I am from Pittsburgh, Pa. and look now no more steel mills, and all the people who lost thier lifelong pensions, as well as everthing else.
still the same today, gas prices are going up, companies now hire you for minimum wages (witch they refuse to raise) treat you like gabage took away overtime,and paid vacations,and if you mention union, they can fire you. I seem to remember just recently they voted themselves a cost of living raise. Where is ours?

William on March 23, 2005 at 9:02 am

Well they have installed an old Kelmar automation unit and a Christie Autowind 3 platter for the manager/operators to run. They have also damaged 6 prints since the theatre went limited service. The union projectionist rate of pay at the Uptown Theatre is $12.00 an hour. During the late 90’s the union projectionist rate of pay at Pacific’s Cinerama Dome was $10.50 for the full service job. The rate of pay was based on how many screens the operator ran. So a single screen union base rate was $10.50 in Los Angeles at that time. Loews ran the Century Plaza 4 in Century City, CA., but during the last few years that the theatre was operated. Loews put the theatre on a limited service contract for projection. And the theatre had a slow death before they finally closed the theatre and the complex was razed. But when that theatre was at it’s peak, it was one of the best theatres to see a movie in. The Studios liked using it for premires and special media screens. Look at how Loews handled the Loews Astor Plaza here in New York City.

carolgrau on March 23, 2005 at 7:33 am

I agree with Keith, seems everyone is trying to save money, and by doing so is f—king over the public, who should matter the most. yes it is a FACT,they do not care as long as they are saving money. Go to another theatre is thier response. I also read recently where they were going to put a platter system in the old girl, that may help a little, but nothing beats a good projectionist that knows what he or she is doing.
Dave Grau (Mungo)

RobertR on March 23, 2005 at 5:04 am

Did anyone notice the double bill on 10/6/71? Around the World in 80 Days and West Side Story, now thats a long show.