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I was the Projectionist from 1973 to 1975 (after Susan and her father moved to The Valley) Relief Projectionist was Allen..
I have heard the stories of how the Broadway Actors boycotted the National moving legitimate theatre to The Shubert on 9th Street.. and how the National ran as a Movie house during the boycott..
But.. Fantasia opened in Washington on May 12th 1941 as a reserved seat roadshow at the National.
(May 10, 1941 Washington Post)
Google aerials still show the Newport but Street View shows demolition in progress.. 04 NOV 2013.
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..
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.
The above picture is of the Stanton Art Theatre at 3100 18th Street Northeast, Washington.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Photo from “the flood of 1949”
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
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.
Another picture, no date, early 50s?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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..
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..
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..
Masonic Auditorium 13th & New York Ave.. Moving Pictures and Vaudeville, Pictures change every night.. Display Ad, Washington Post March 7, 1910..
Wallace Theatre is at the corner of Belvoir Rd and 16th Street on Ft Belvoir (South Post)
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”