Uptown Theater

3426 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20008

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JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on July 22, 2012 at 6:29 am

Good for them. Like many, I enjoy the experience and momentary get away that good movies provide especially at venues like the Uptown back in its day. Even on those days where its just myself and maybe a few other patrons, you can have a good time.

As the news unfolds about what this individual did in CO, it does make me pause for thought about safety. Then again, I think that of the what..20,000 screens or so, across the country, going to the movies is safe. Hopefully, it won’t start copycat incidences.

If anyone sees Knight Rises here, I’m curious as to how the presentation goes and if there have been improvements all around; projection, customer service, etc. I’m being swayed by the movie chains to see and pay for event movies in the IMAX-lite, XD, ETX formats nowadays. If the Uptown improves and comes close to what it was in its glory days, I wouldn’t mind driving back into town for those event films they book. Then again, there’s Baltimore’s remodeled Senator that will reopen soon.. :D

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm

ABC TV news tonight showed a very long line of people going into the Uptown for “The Dark Knight Rises” ABC news asserted that moviegoers aren’t going to let that one person (the Colorado shooter) destroy everybody’s plans.

Giles
Giles on July 16, 2012 at 6:09 am

I know this is a problem also at the Arclight Dome, but is it as severe? I don’t know if this true, but supposedly this can be rectified on the Christie projector lense but at a significant cost – I would rather AMC talk with Chrisite and see if something can’t be done and not go down the path of removing the curved screen.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on July 15, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I have worked in theaters with curved screens and with steep projection angles without such problems. It’s all in filing the aperature plate to compensate.

danstheday
danstheday on July 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I heard from a person in the know and the Techs at AMC IS thinking about replacing the curved screen with a flat screen becouse of the problems they have ben having not being able to fill the corners of the screen ( since it’s curved ). Aprrentaly AMC Upper managment are in support of this idea and the other 99.999 precent are NOT! This is to happen later this year before the Holidays if it happens.

Coate
Coate on May 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Yes, lesbrown0, “Star Wars” played 55 weeks in total, beginning its run on May 25, 1977, and being replaced by “Grease” on June 16, 1978.

lesbrown0
lesbrown0 on April 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I remember going to this theater in 1977/1978 to watch the original Star Wars. Can someone tell me if that movie played there for over 54 weeks?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on March 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm

John Carter lost money for its studio, Disney. Bigjoe59 might want to post his question as “News” since it doesn’t belong on this page. I want emails with updates to the Uptown, rather than on this other question.

Giles
Giles on March 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm

well aptly John Carter didn’t last that long here, ‘Hunger Games’ opens 12am tonight.

@bigjoe: the Seattle Cinerama, the Ziegfeld – Baltimore’s Senator used to be until the recent news of the updates and adding a second screen.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on March 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

There are several in the Los Angeles area: The Vista, Regent, Village, Bruin, and Gardena. The Cinerama Dome is still intact, although a large cinema complex has been built onto it.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on March 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Hello To My Fellow Posters- i came across this website a year ago and was hooked from the get go. so i set up a project for myself- find as many grand old movie theaters or palaces to use the popular term that have not been gutted for retail space, were never a 2nd/3rd run or grind house, never showed porn, never used as a radio or t.v. studio, never converted to a concert hall or performing art center and were never twined, tri-plexed or if large enough quaded but and this is a big BUT has stayed in more or less their original state,design/condition as 1st run movie theater since the day it opened. thru my searching so far i have only found this theater and Grauman’s Chinese in Hollywood. they can’t be the only ones in the entire country can they? anyone know of other ones still operating as 1st run theaters?

Giles
Giles on March 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm

given ‘John Carter’ is a scope (2.35) film, wide screen movies always look great and suitable on the Uptown screen – no black borders above and below the movie as on an IMAX (or IMAX-lite) screen.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on March 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

Hmmm. It is interesting to note that the same film is playing at the AMC Georgetown 14 nearby, in IMAX-lite. I’m assuming their IMAX-lite install is the same as the others..I haven’t been to the Georgetown 14 in years.

Giles
Giles on March 10, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I noticed that in yesterday’s Post that ‘John Carter’ is being presented in both 2D and 3D – an Uptown first, giving it’s patron’s a choice in which visual version to see/pay for.

sguttag
sguttag on February 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Like others, I stopped getting updates from CinemaTreasures after the update so I missed a few. As for the 35/70 projectors…Starting in 1954, the Uptown did have Norelco Todd/Ao projectors, which were replaced (relocated to the Cinema-7 theatre in Baileys Crossroads, VA), once 3-strip Cinerama was replaced by single strip (Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), the Century “Cinerama” projectors were used until the end of film projection at the Uptown. I have not been in the theatre since 2005 so I do not know their disposition. AMC does not own the theatre nor the equipment so I don’t know what there obligation is on the disposal or retention of the fixed assets of the theatre.

-Steve

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on January 5, 2012 at 9:58 am

Scarey that AMC owns this theater you know how they are about small theaters that are not multiplexes.

Giles
Giles on January 5, 2012 at 9:21 am

question: does the theater sound system still have the center left, and center right speakers in place or were they removed?

Giles
Giles on December 30, 2011 at 10:02 am

from what I understand the projection flaw you noted Howard is that digital projection systems (on the whole) have not worked out the kinks of being projected onto a curved screen, the imperfection is also noted at the Arclight Dome in LA – so until someone at DCI (Digital Cinema Inititive) can figure on how to digitally manipulate the image from the projector to the screen and now bow at the corners on large curved screens, the problem isn’t going to go away immediately.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 30, 2011 at 8:22 am

Saw Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol on Tuesday late afternoon, a nice crowd. Curtain hasn’t been used for a year or two because the motor is broke. Movie isn’t being projected on top & lower corner sections, a very minor effect but one that should be corrected. Christie 4 k dual projectors are used. The surround sound is astonishingly good!

Giles
Giles on December 16, 2011 at 7:18 am

personally I’m a bit annoyed that since ‘Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol’ is being presented on nearly every specialty large screen in and around Washington, AMC feels so compelled to book it here, when really Spielberg’s ‘Adventures of TinTin’ deserves to be experienced on the largest screen possible.

mondojustin
mondojustin on November 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Hello I’m currently working on a book about the film 2001: A Space Odyssey and am looking for photos and programs/newspaper clippings etc from each city in which the film premiered in originally in 1968. If you saw the film in it’s initial run in the theater have a good memory of your experience, I’d love to interview you about seeing it. To date I have interviewed over 20 people that have worked on the film, and several close members in the Kubrick camp as well. If you can help please email me at

Giles
Giles on November 1, 2011 at 6:06 am

8K is closest to 70mm. 35mm is around 3.5K Personally I don’t see how 8K works on 2K systems since there are more pixels on the former than the 2K can actually produce, but that’s how it’s being shown at Seattle’s Cinerama. 4K can and does work for 70mm features, but really 6K, at the least, is adaquate to retain the resolution and clarity of 65mm photography.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on November 1, 2011 at 1:09 am

What is an 8k restoration equivalent of? 35mm? 70 mm? Can 2k or 4k projectors adequately show the 8k restoration?

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on October 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Happy 75th Uptown…on Oct 29th.

Giles
Giles on October 21, 2011 at 10:26 am

the only person that’s been commenting on the Uptown has been little ol' me :) Would it kill AMC to book and show the DCP of ‘Ben Hur’(recent 8K restoration) that was shown at the NYFF and Seattle Cinerama.