AMC Loews Uptown 1

3426 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20008

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Giles on August 21, 2017 at 5:46 am

in response to jeffpiatt – there is a ADA certified restroom on the main floor.

bigjoe59 on August 20, 2017 at 1:54 pm


in reference to sguttag’s comment. many of the most beloved movie theaters across the country were built as very grand neighborhood theaters and only became exclusive 1st run venues years later. for instance the Coronet in San Francisco only became 1st run with the Todd-AO roadshow premiere of Oklahoma in 1955.

sguttag on August 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm

Sure, by the 1950s it was 1st run. But it didn’t start out that way.

richmurphy on August 18, 2017 at 11:29 am

The Uptown was first-run long before the downtown movie theatres closed. I still have the three ticket stubs my parents and I had for the reserved seat run of SOUTH PACIFIC there.

jeffpiatt on August 9, 2017 at 9:25 pm

if anything it should get upgraded to Dolby Cinema. Apparently Dolby requires the recliners now for there PLF spec as the seats have a link to the sound system.

The major upgrade is to make it ADA certified as the bathrooms are up a staircase with no lift. if there lucky they have the space to upgrade it to Dine-in other wise it might get stuck on the low traffic Classic brand.

Giles on August 5, 2017 at 9:09 am

Reclining seats are the LAST thing this theater needs – what a way to cheapen the theaters grandeur – all it needs is a carbon copy of what was done at Seattle’s Cinerama theatre

moviebuff82 on August 5, 2017 at 6:21 am

I hope they put in reclining seats and reserved seating in addition to the updated Uptown sign. It' a true cinema treasure.

sguttag on August 4, 2017 at 8:05 pm

It was a sub run theatre. It was “Uptown” because it wasn’t “Downtown”. It became 1st run as the grand downtown theatres closed and people moved further out.

bigjoe59 on August 4, 2017 at 1:53 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 3, 2017 at 9:53 pm

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 1:18 pm

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

Giles on August 3, 2017 at 11:55 am

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 11:40 am

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 11:19 am

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 4:08 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 4:06 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 3:41 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 1:07 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 10:43 am

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 10:10 am

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 1, 2017 at 9:08 pm

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 1:36 pm

well those plans were quickly dismissed:

‘AMC Nixes Plan to Replace Iconic Uptown Theater Sign’

Giles on July 31, 2017 at 1:13 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