AMC Loews Uptown 1

3426 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20008

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bigjoe59 on August 4, 2017 at 4:53 pm


a question for devotees of this theater. when this theater opened in 1936 was it built from the get go as a 1st Run venue or was in built as a grand 2nd/3rd run neighborhood theater and only became a 1st Run venue with the advent of the modern roadshow era in the mid-50s?

Giles on August 4, 2017 at 12:53 am

I have no idea how much it is to showcase Fathom Event satellite feed content or how it’s physically set up as such, but if the few times when it’s actual 4K hard drive DCP – would it kill AMC to present those one off screenings on the big screen ?? Will and would they present the 40th anniversary screening of ‘Close Encounters’ next month ? No, they won’t, but to see these at the Uptown would be more than ideal … (sigh) oh well

Mikeoaklandpark on August 3, 2017 at 4:18 pm

To me it seems AMC plans on continuing their lease on t his theater. Any thoughts?

Giles on August 3, 2017 at 2:55 pm

if they did that they’d have to remove the curved screen to eliminate the inverted fisheye lens flaw, maybe take away the front two rows and add ceiling speakers – go full on twelve channel. If anything AMC really needs to do in order to add bling and attraction is go the ‘laser’ and immersive audio route, this theater deserves state of the art amenities.

moviebuff82 on August 3, 2017 at 2:40 pm

I wonder if the upcoming closing of the IMAX theater at the museum of Natural History in DC might make this theater a target for a digital or even laser IMAX screen. It might make more profit that way.

bigjoe59 on August 3, 2017 at 2:19 pm

Hello Again from NYC-

I thank everyone for their reply. specifically to Myrna38717. you mention sometimes the Uptown having a decent crowd and sometimes not. I find that fascinating. I have often gone to the many large screens in Manhattan and there are only a few people present. so when the film has a overall HUGE opening weekend I wonder where the grosses came from. also I have gone to the same theaters and encountered a rather decent crowd but the film has an overall lackluster opening. interesting to say the least.

Giles on August 2, 2017 at 7:08 pm

sadly there are a number of premium large format screens in and around DC that offer laser projection and/or Dolby Atmos sound which when compared to the Uptown ‘experience’ are superior

Having seen what I saw with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” the Uptown has a potential to equal or even better what those screens offer.

sguttag on August 2, 2017 at 7:06 pm

The Uptown is not owned by AMC so they have no option of selling it. They can walk away when their lease is up (whenever that is).

While the UPTOWN sign is saved, they plan to remove the iconic neon tubes and replace with LED. To me, that isn’t good either and I think the community has a card to play here. AMC plans to add an AMC sign above the UPTOWN one. Fine, in order to do that you not only have to retain the neon of the original sign, the added AMC sign should be required to also be neon to match (it should look like it belongs).

And with that, get a stipulation that they are required to maintain the signs such that the letters cannot remain non-functional for any extended period of time. Say, 3-weeks or so after a portion has failed, they should be compelled to have it working again.

Myrna38717 on August 2, 2017 at 6:41 pm

bigjoe59 — Yes. There are a couple of other second-run theaters, and the Air & Space Museum does do 1st run features on the Imax screen, but the Uptown is the only non-museum single screen 1st run movie theater in DC. I think.

Mikeoaklandpark & moviebuff82 — AMC doesn’t own the Uptown. They lease it from the Pedas family, which used to run it (along with many other DC movie houses) up till the 1980s. Not sure when the lease is up or how well AMC does with it. It’s a bit of a mystery. When I go, there’s usually a good-size crowd but sometimes it’s pretty empty, and it’s been years since I’ve seen it full.

bigjoe59 on August 2, 2017 at 4:07 pm

Hello From NYC-

Is the Uptown the last single screen 1st run movie theater in D.C.? there’s only 1 left in Manhattan, the Paris.

moviebuff82 on August 2, 2017 at 1:43 pm

Smart move given that AMC is in a world of hurt right now… I’m surprised that this theater has survived so long.

Mikeoaklandpark on August 2, 2017 at 1:10 pm

I am amazed that AMC has not sold or closed this theater since they hate operating single screen theaters. Point in case Lowes 72nd East in NYC

jeffpiatt on August 2, 2017 at 12:08 am

it was part of the current CEO of AMC Entertainment plans to get every theater they run signed under one of 3 brands AMC, AMC Classic, and AMC Dine-in. Apparently no one thought to check if the community liked the old sign before requesting to replace it with the AMC logo text. looking at the size it might get rebranded to the Classic sub brand for smaller theaters in low traffic markets. they should have just stuck to replacing the street level signs.

Giles on July 31, 2017 at 4:36 pm

well those plans were quickly dismissed:

‘AMC Nixes Plan to Replace Iconic Uptown Theater Sign’

Giles on July 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm

One would think and hope this is the case but the public / neighborhood outcry has begun -the public meeting is scheduled for the latter end of September

HowardBHaas on July 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm

I thought the exterior was legally protected by the local historic commission so IF like here in Philly, permission would need to be asked to remove iconic Uptown letters.

Giles on July 31, 2017 at 3:52 pm

I recently went to see a 3D screening of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and it was by the most underwhelming presentation, visually. Even with the glasses slightly diminishing the colors and brightness I was rather surprised the dimensionality was retained. Outside of the drained colors, the image had this murky graininess hampering the image – if this were laser projection this wouldn’t be an issue. The very top of the image was ever so cropped but wasn’t too visually distracting. The 5.1 sound was great probably the best part of the experience, but this is one theater that AMC seriously needs to consider installing a Dolby Atmos sound system, why they are being so bullheaded over this is beyond me. Lastly speaking of AMC, they are in the process of removing the iconic vintage lighted ‘Uptown’ sign from off of the building – ?!? (why?) They way they have been treating this theater I’m surprised they want to install a tacky AMC on the front …. unreal.

JonT on September 18, 2016 at 9:24 pm

Made my last visit to the Uptown to see “Prometheus” and left before it was half-way through; couldn’t believe that this theater was showing a projected image that did not fit the screen, most distracting — unbelievable!

patryan6019 on September 3, 2016 at 4:16 am

Howard…No I am not a projectionist, AR would be 2.2 and at 2.76 the image on a screen with a height of 30 feet would need to be 7.5 feet wider on each side.

HowardBHaas on September 2, 2016 at 6:30 am

As to Ben Hur, would it have projected 2.2 aspect ratio? Would’ve lost a bit of the 2.76 aspect at left and at right?

HowardBHaas on September 2, 2016 at 6:12 am

Thank you, patryan. Were you are projectionist there?

patryan6019 on September 2, 2016 at 2:21 am

Howard…Of those 6 films, only Fiddler and Ben-Hur were in 70mm, the latter using the 69 reissue that did not have the original extra wide image.

Coate on September 1, 2016 at 11:04 pm

Recently published: “Khartoum”: The Roadshow Engagements, which, of course, includes a mention of its run at the Uptown.

HowardBHaas on September 1, 2016 at 8:21 am

Patryan, I had known re Fiddler on the Roof but neglected to mention it above. Are you saying that Amadeus, GWTW, and Lawrence of Arabia were all shown then in 35mm? And, that Dr Zhivago was shown 35mm? Was Fiddler on the Roof in 35mm? Was Ben Hur shown in 35mm or 70mm? I don’t think the ads or whatever were clear to me as to Ben Hur & Dr Zhivago format.