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Local619 commented about Newport Theater on Nov 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Google aerials still show the Newport but Street View shows demolition in progress.. 04 NOV 2013.

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Local619 commented about Rosna Theatre on Nov 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Saw This is Cinerama there in the Spring of 1962.. The Rosna was just around the corner from the late Newport Theatre (saw several Disney movies at the Newport..

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Local619 commented about Manassas Drive-In on Oct 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm

JWMovies is right..

Google lists the location as Dent Masters.. it is better known as Manassas Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

The following link from Historic Aerials shows the Drive-In there thru 1981 and the Chrysler Dealer in 2002. The building just to the South of the Drive-In is a good landmark, it has been there since the 1962 map, then as the old Chrysler Plymouth dealer, now as Restless Wheels RV dealer.

http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=3&lon=-77.45102908457018&lat=38.78018350555157&year=2005

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Local619 commented about Stanton Art Theatre on Jul 5, 2012 at 7:33 am

The above picture is of the Stanton Art Theatre at 3100 18th Street Northeast, Washington.

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Local619 commented about Newport Theater on Jul 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Went to the Newport as a kid.. saw several Disney movies there.. AKC’s address looks right, I remember the entrance around the corner on Newport Ave.

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Local619 commented about Reston Twin Theatre on Jul 1, 2012 at 7:49 am

Located at (Correct Address) 11840 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA Now occupied by Chili’s Grill & Bar

Theatre was a side by side twin. Owned and independently operated by Rene Stolbach.

A single boot served both theatres. 6000 foot reels with manual changovers, rebuilt Super Simplex projectors with RCA sound heads. Light was provided by an incandescent modification to an Arc lamp housing (Peerless Magnarc, maybe) the light modification was called a Claglight after it’s inventor Russ Claggett a long time DC Metro area RCA Theatre sound technician.

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Local619 commented about Roths Theatre on Jun 10, 2012 at 8:59 am

Roth’s Mt Vernon I & II Was located in the Engleside Plaza on RT-1 (8644 Richmond Highway,Alexandria, VA 22309 is located in the Engleside Plaza) The theatre opened on October 20 1971 showing Klute and The Andromeda Strain. (per 10-13-1971 Washington Post, page B-12)

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Local619 commented about Reed Theatre on Oct 13, 2011 at 7:12 am

The Reed was very “Art Deco” in design. Even the stairway to the projection room was curved (like the lobby wall). The booth ran Simplex E-7s with Peerless Magnarc Lamps. The Reed booth was the long time job of Sam Dale, Business Agent of IATSE Local 619, Mixed local Alexandria Virginia. The Union telephone was installed in the Reed booth, it was the closest thing there was to a Union office, and Mr Dale conducted business there until the late 60s.

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Local619 commented about 7th Street Theatre on Jul 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Photo from “the flood of 1949”

http://www.shorpy.com/node/10751?size=_original

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Local619 commented about Loew's Capitol Theater on May 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm

If Glenn Miller played at a Loews in Washington in June of 1942 they did not advertize it in the Washington Post.

He did play the Loews Capitol the week of March 9th 1942.. the Movie was Joe Smith, American w/Robert Young

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Local619 commented about The dead-rat-covered truth about movie theater nostalgia on Mar 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Dead rats huh?… Rumor had that about 1970 a rat had crawled into an air duct at the KB Cinema 5100 Wisconsin Ave, Washington D.C. to die, and smell the place up. I heard the story while working at another KB house, the KB Crystal.

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Local619 commented about Buckingham Theater on Feb 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Another picture, no date, early 50s?

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Local619 commented about Meaning behind cinema names on Jan 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I was told, 40 years ago, that in the early days there were a lot of three and four letter theatre names.. The signs were cheaper

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Local619 commented about Springfield Theatre on Aug 4, 2010 at 4:02 pm

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Following is text from the above link..
Fairfax County to Demolish Former Circuit City Building to Prepare for Future Park and Ride Lot

June 28, 2010
Starting Tuesday, July 6, Fairfax County will begin work on the future Old Keene Mill Road Park and Ride lot in Springfield with the demolition of the former Circuit City building, located at 7039 Old Keene Mill Road

future Old Keene Mill Road Park and Ride lot in Springfield with the demolition of the former Circuit City building, located at 7039 Old Keene Mill Road, near Springfield Boulevard in Springfield.

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Local619 commented about One theatre gone, another rises up on Jun 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Correction.. Two theatres gone, a third rises up.. the Lee Highway Multiplex got it’s name from the Lee Highway-Arlington Blvd Drive-In.. Known locally as the The Lee Highway Drive-In occupied the site originally 1954-1984.

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Local619 commented about Big Cinemas Loehmann's Twin on Jun 14, 2010 at 8:13 pm

The original Loehmanns Plaza Twin Theatres were built by District Theatres byr advertised as Potomac Theaters Per the Washington Post of May 11, 1971 Theatres opened on Wednesday May 12, 1971 with “Lovers and other Strangers and "The Barefoot Executive” with “Free gifts to all”

The District vs Potomac names were political, District Theatres was an inter-city chain, Potomac was in the ‘burbs.

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Local619 commented about Kaywood Theatre on Jun 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm

The Kaywood opened at 3:00 PM on Wednesday December 26, 1945. Per the Washington Post of December 21, 1945

“A new theatre seating 1000 will be opened at Kaywood Gardens in Mount Rainier Wednesday at 3 PM (12/26/1945) Mayor Floyd B. Mathias of Mount Rainier and T. Howard Duckett of the Prince George’s Bank and Trust will be among the guests.”

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Local619 commented about AED Globe Theatre on May 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Last time I was in the Embassy booth they still had twin Century JJs. Another plus to working the Embassy was that the booth entrance was around back in the alley, very private.
Saw Apocalypse Now there.. first run.. handed a program like a stage show.. great show.

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Local619 commented about Langley Theatre on Apr 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Worked for KB off & on from the late 60s through the late 70s, (ran the Crystal City from 71 to 73).. In Virginia & DC.. KB was the best employer of their time. The Goldman’s and Burkas treated their people well. Am still intouch with three of the managers from that period (Mary Booth died in 2009)

Good company, good people & great times..

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Local619 commented about Arco Theatre on Apr 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Went to the Arco several times in ‘64-'64.. Saw West Side Story.. As stated above, the seating was staggered. On the “short end” of some rows they had constructed a “farmboy chair” (our name for them), these were 1 ½ width seats.. you could see where two seat backs had been joined to make the seat.

Can’t remember anything special.. good popcorn.. snuck our friends in the exit doors..

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Local619 commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Feb 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm

The small group of minnies on the lower level were run by Roth Theatres as I recall..

The real Tysons Twins.. the 1200 seat 800 seat back to back was at Fashion Court then down two levels.. back in the ancient daze when the now lower level of shops was the delivery tunnel under the mall..

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Local619 commented about Town Theater on Dec 19, 2009 at 5:58 am

Masonic Auditorium 13th & New York Ave.. Moving Pictures and Vaudeville, Pictures change every night.. Display Ad, Washington Post March 7, 1910..

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Local619 commented about Wallace Theatre on Dec 17, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Wallace Theatre is at the corner of Belvoir Rd and 16th Street on Ft Belvoir (South Post)
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Wallace Theatre was “The” base theatre in the 60’s and 70’s (maybe later)

A new movie theatre has been constructed on Abbot Road “North Post”

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Local619 commented about MacArthur Theater on Nov 23, 2009 at 6:23 pm

The world premier of Star Trek, at the MacArthur.. per Gary Arnold of the Washington Post was December 6, 1979.. Gary Arnold states in the Dec 6 Post “Hundreds, maybe even thousands, of Trekkies are supposedly converging on Washington to surround tonight’s world premiere of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture” at the K-B MacArthur with hopeful vibrations. Producer Gene Roddenberry, director Robert Wise and all the principal cast members, including William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, are expected to attend the 7 p.m. showing, an invitational benefit for the scholarship and youth education fund of the National Space Club. A black-tie reception will follow at the National Air and Space Museum."

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Local619 commented about Casino Royale Theatre on Nov 17, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Casino Royale Theatre was not a “real” theatre.. it was a porn house that had no beginnings as a legitimate movie house. In the 60s 14th St was lined with nightclubs. The Casino Royale was on the second floor on the NW corner of 14th & H St NW (the Speakeasy was on the first floor. The Casino Royale was a rock & roll club that catered to GIs on liberty. As Viet Nam wound down so did the GIs and the club was turned into a “theatre” for a few years.