Wisconsin Avenue Cinemas

4000 Wisconsin Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20016

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Cineplex Odeon entered the D.C. market when it opened this six screener in December 1987. Two auditoriums (4 and 5) have about 500 seats each, and screens that appear about 35 to 40 feet wide. The other auditoriums are smaller. Despite the merger into Loews Cineplex, the Cineplex Odeon name remained in the newspaper and on the marquee, as of the 12-05 announcement that it would be spun off prior to the merger with AMC.

The theatre closed November 30, 2006 and became for Fannie Mae, offices and a Conference Center with the two large auditoriums (4 and 5).

Contributed by Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 29 comments)

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on July 22, 2007 at 5:50 pm

I have great memories of 70mm here. Its good to know Fannie Mae isn’t dismantling it yet. It would be an opportunity for one of the other chains, or better yet, a well financed and dedicated cinephile to run this as a theater.

SWATMAN
SWATMAN on July 22, 2007 at 9:56 pm

I would like to let you guys know that Fannie Mae will change the Wisconsin theatre into a Conference Center they will only keep theatre 4-5 as is. And the others will be office space. I have connections with Fannie Mae and Building Managers.Also Fairfax Square 8 at Tyson will close next Sunday 7/29/07. It will be a Gym.

SWATMAN
SWATMAN on November 11, 2007 at 2:25 am

I would like to let all of you know that Fannie Mae Sold everything that was inside the 4000 Wisconsin Ave Theatre this past week.And now it’s empty. Fannie Mae will be building offices and Conference Center. Also the Taco bell next to the theatre closed 2 months after they closed the Wisconsin.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 17, 2007 at 1:21 am

Here is an article that discusses some of the anti-trust issues:
http://tinyurl.com/33vuwm

randytheicon
randytheicon on June 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Actually, Cineplex Odeon entered the the DC market in 1986, when it acquired the local NTI chain of suburban houses. A few years later CO took over the Pedas Circle/Showcase group. Wisc. Ave. was the first to be built directly by CO.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 13, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Pedas operated Circle cinemas, that I know. What’s “Showcase”?

randytheicon
randytheicon on June 14, 2009 at 12:40 am

Showcase was Pedas' suburban division, while Circle was exclusively within the District. Soda & popcorn cups had logos for both.

carolgrau
carolgrau on July 10, 2009 at 4:25 am

This was my second favorite theatre of all that I ever worked, I really loved this place.

FluffyDasha
FluffyDasha on November 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I am organizing an event including documentaries, and would like to rent the rooms at the 4000 Wisconsin Avenue, NW DC. Does anyone have or know how to get their phone number?
Thanks!
: )

righter40
righter40 on January 7, 2014 at 3:03 am

Managed this theatre from 1990 til 2003. Held many premieres, biggest one for Schindler’s List with Spielberg and Clintons in attendance. Many great memories and wonderful people who became really good friends. Got to see theatre now it’s a conference center. Sad thing was the people that work there had no idea it was DC’s busiest theatre for quite some time.

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