Uptown Theater

3426 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20008

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Billyfish on December 27, 2009 at 8:16 am

Looking only for useful responses, thanks just the same. We’re specifically discussing the Uptown Theater in Washington, DC. Did you watch Avatar last week in “all cinemas, new or old — or in restaurants, hotels, the Metro, outside, etc.?”

What I was hoping to hear from someone is that the management was aware that they had a rodent problem a year or two ago, but that the exterminators were called in and the problem is now under control. Or something similar…

HowardBHaas on December 27, 2009 at 7:25 am

Why not open the question to all cinemas, new or old? or restaurants, hotels, the Metro, outside, etc.

I visited a week ago for “Avatar” and as always, truly enjoyed the spectacle of seeing a movie on the huge screen with a great sound system, in such a large auditorium.

Billyfish on December 27, 2009 at 7:15 am

I truly love this theater, and have seen several movies there, including the 70mm re-release of Lawrence of Arabia, back in 1988. However, last time I was there (I believe it was early 2008), during one of the brighter screen moments in the film, I clearly saw a very LARGE rat crossing the aisle 10 or so rows down from where I was sitting. Since then I have not felt comfortable returning to the Uptown. Has anyone else had such an experience there? I wonder if the management knows they have a rodent problem…

Giles on December 16, 2009 at 8:09 pm

sure the closest 3D Digital screen to my home is at Mazza, but I was hoping AMC could pony up the time and money to at least insatll Sony’s 4K digital system on the Uptown’s massive screen – the Arclight dome did (curved screen and all) for AVATAR

JodarMovieFan on September 15, 2009 at 7:01 pm

All right now..lets not start false rumors. AMC’s website has showtimes through the 24th and as Howard has said, the Informant is the next movie to be booked. Doesn’t sound like closure to me.

HowardBHaas on September 15, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Read where??? The Uptown is currently showing a movie, and appears to be getting another movie “The Informant” and a quick google search reveals no such terrible news.

raysson on September 15, 2009 at 3:16 pm

I read somewhere that the UPTOWN closed….Is this true?

Washington’s grandest single screen theatre is gone forever???

JodarMovieFan on July 7, 2009 at 7:25 am

I thought I saw them advertising in the Weekend. Given the fact that the alternatives are AMC’s Georgetown and Regal’s Gallery Place and their respective eeny weenie tiny screens, Washingtonians know the Uptown is the place to go for true widescreen enjoyment. I was looking at the Harry Potter advance ticket shows and they are selling 3am shows for opening day. I’m guessing someone is confident there will be demand for it assuming the midnight show sells out.

HowardBHaas on July 7, 2009 at 7:15 am

Weeks ago, AMC removed ALL their theaters from the movie clock of the Philadelphia Inquirer. They are the only chain to be gone from the movie clock.

moviepalacelover on July 7, 2009 at 6:42 am

The Uptown has not been advertising their showtimes in the Washington Post for the past several days and that has me worried. They still show their film schedule online — Transformers is showing now and the new Harry Potter film begins next week — but why are they not advertising in the Post? Their lease with AMC is about to expire. Will it be renewed? I am very concerned about this last movie palace in D.C. Any latest info about this wonderful theater would be appreciated.

JodarMovieFan on May 25, 2009 at 7:06 pm

My friend and I saw Angels and Demons here last Sun (5/17/09) to an almost sell out crowd. We sat in the balcony in the bleeder seats (by choice). It has been a long time since I saw a movie here sitting in the balcony…I’m guessing Who Killed Roger Rabbit? (in ‘70mm back in '88). The movie was still engaging and we could hear surrounds even up in the balcony. Of course, the huge screen helps. Since I had low expectations for this movie, it turned out to be a decent thriller of sorts especially with the ending twist. Now if only they had booked Star Trek here….

HowardBHaas on March 24, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Movies at the Uptown look very good to me, including “The International.”

bufffilmbuff on March 23, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Anyone know if AMC has gotten the new bulb or is the image still dim?Are they going to keep it open or what?

bobc007 on January 22, 2009 at 12:10 pm

As I have posted earlier, I was lucky enough to work from time to time as a projectionist at The Uptown in the early 1980s. I recently posted a “newsreel” about The Uptown on YouTube. It consists of video I shot in 1990, 1991, and November 2008. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwPO7JPdKCY

JABilmes on January 5, 2009 at 5:57 pm

I saw Frost/Nixon there over New Year’s weekend, in no small part because it was playing at the Uptown. Decent crowd for a Sunday matinee, around 40 people with me in the balcony. But maybe they’re still waiting for that new bulb? The image seemed a little dim to me.

SWATMAN on June 17, 2008 at 12:32 pm

AMC has renewed there lease for another year to see if they want it or not.

bufffilmbuff on June 17, 2008 at 10:01 am

So what is the status with AMC? A few months ago it was said the lease was expiring and the Uptown would close. Or have they decided to stick with it?

Giles on June 16, 2008 at 7:16 am

what does that mean exactly: ‘scorched lens’?

SWATMAN on June 14, 2008 at 8:31 am

The Ironman print was screened several times before the Uptown got it. Also the lens at the Uptown has a problem which is called scorched lens. They are waiting for a New Lens and New Bulb that mite be a 5,000, 6,000, 7,000 Watt Bulb to improve the picture.AMC has order new upgrades for the Proj. booth.

Giles on June 13, 2008 at 8:42 pm

unlilke the crappy print that Paramount sent of ‘Iron Man’ for it’s engagement at the Uptown, ‘Indy 4’ (which I finally saw this evening) looked much better and sounded fantastic. The cigarette burn/reel changes were also not as noticeable as they were on the ‘Iron Man’ print I saw.

HowardBHaas on June 9, 2008 at 4:59 am

Loews and Cineplex Odeon “merged” much earlier. A quick google search indicates a 1998 antitrust agreement,so about that time. In reality, Loews tookover. Cineplex Odeon continued in print ads, but Loews operated the theater. As I wrote in the Intro, Warner was the 1st operator, and with whatever corporate changes Warner had, continued until whenever Circle tookover.

Coate on June 8, 2008 at 8:48 pm

Bill C…You’re correct that Cineplex Odeon operated the UPTOWN
during the 1990s. However, its current operator is AMC.

Here’s a breakdown of the UPTOWN’s ownership during the past thirty years.

Circle: 1979-1988
Cineplex Odeon/Circle: 1988-1989
Cineplex Odeon: 1989-2005
Loews Cineplex: 2005-2006
AMC Loews: 2006-Present

Prior to Circle, I believe RKO-Stanley Warner operated the theater.

rlvjr on June 8, 2008 at 12:08 pm

WIZARD OF OZ definitely played the UPTOWN a few years ago. We saw it on Saturday and the line was around the block, with many, many people turned away. Great show, great use of the Uptown.

moviegoer on May 7, 2008 at 9:50 pm

I lived in DC during most of the 1990s and as far as I know, it was a Cineplex Odeon theater during that whole time.

To address your question from a couple of weeks ago, Giles, the only film festival I can remember there during the 90s was the Warner Brothers 75th Anniversary Film Festival which ran for about a week in 1998. It included all the WB classis, with each day devoted to a different decade (more or less). Obviously 2001 wasn’t a part of it, nor Lawrence of Arabia nor the Wizard of Oz, but I don’t remember any other film festivals, per se.

I believe the Wizard of Oz did play there for it’s 50th anniversary though. That is, it definitely played there because I saw it, and I think the occasion was the 50th anniversary of the film. At one point it closed for 6 months or so for renovations and it repoened with a showing of Vertigo. I think it was a restored version of the film and the whole evening was run by AFI. I was there for that also, and Kim Novak was there to introduce the film.

sguttag on May 6, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Giles…For the Uptown specifically, it needs 70mm, blow up or origination in 65mm to properly fill the screen. The 70mm print, even if a blow up, will allow more light through the aperture and also improve the image steadiness (less magnification) and overall focus (the Uptown uses deep curve corrected lenses for 70mm and effectively also has curved field lenses for 35mm 1.85. Scope is its weakest format)

65mm origination is absolutely where Hollywood should be by now…it has only been over 50-years since the current format came into being! It is significantly better than 35mm (or digital) and will allow a higher resoultion image to start from for any future generations that may surpass what we currently have. I’m quite disappointed that Steven Spielberg has not ventured into 65mm origination. Remember, 65 or 70mm won’t make a bad film good but will make a good film better. I give a lot of credit to Ronny Howard and Kenneth Branagh for shooting in 65mm. Some say that Far and Away killed 65mm photography because it wasn’t one of Ron Howard’s best films…but what does a origination format have to do with the story or people’s acceptance of that story? If it was shot in 35mm would people have liked it better? One thing is for sure…Far and Away has a better source image for any future releases than any move shot in 35mm or present day digital. In fact, George Lucas has done himself a HUGE disservice by shooting the last two Star Wars digitally because he has locked the image in turn of the Century technology that was inferior to what was available. Then again, some people may think it is better to have lesser quality versions of those movies.

As to Sony 4K…it has less light available than the current 2K DLPs. They also lack any ability to deal with the deep-curve screen without throwing away pixels. I’m sure Sony is evolving their product but the last time I did any critical evaluation of it…the color wasn’t right and while static images looked pretty darn impressive…motion images seemed to smear up quite a bit. Most that look at the same source file projected on a DLP 2K and the Sony 4K seem to favor the DLP image. Resolution wise, Sony clearly has an edge. I know in a non-cinema application the Sony image outshown a DLP image but with art images rather than a movie.

Does AMC have the clout to force a 70mm print for a theatre like the Uptown? Probably…they control a sizable number of theatres and probably have more than the Uptown that could benefit from 70mm. Striking one print is a HUGE overhead…once the IN is created…subseqent prints become progressively cheaper as the cost of making the IN is absorbed over the various positives. However, would AMC make that sort of pressure or even the simple request? That is the question and it is likely a “no.” They are a big chain…they tend to do things that are detrimental to projection, not improve it. Think about it…if they required high quality projection from their theatres…why would many people prefer digital cinemas over film when film has a very clear advantage over digital in just about every respect (resolution, color space, contrast)?