Wisconsin Avenue Cinemas

4000 Wisconsin Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20016

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Wisconsin Avenue

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 46 comments)

HowardBHaas on July 5, 2016 at 11:04 am

Digital sound (DTS) was ushered in with Jurassic Park, not earlier. What’s “CDS”?

JodarMovieFan on July 5, 2016 at 11:05 am

Bleh. What I typed didn’t show up on the website properly.

As I wrote that, for some reason, I’m thinking 70mm and CDS for Dick Tracy at the Arlington Multiplex Cinemas. More likely, it was 70mm 6 track in the larger of the two THX certified venues they had at the time. But, my memory may be blurred by what I read on in70mm about it being booked at a Hollywood venue. :P

JodarMovieFan on July 5, 2016 at 11:07 am

Howard, CDS=Cinema Digital Sound. Re: Jurassic Park, you’re right. I’m thinking the Dolby Digital installs at the Arlington Multiplex Cinemas were the first installs in this area. Thats where I saw Dragon and Whats Love Got to Do With It. I referenced my post on that venue’s page.

HowardBHaas on July 5, 2016 at 11:09 am

Yes, in your 11:05 AM post, I realized you mean CDS to be cinema digital sound. I’m more used to the brands & to my knowledge, DTS was the 1st, with Jurassic Park, which I saw at the Uptown.

Coate on July 8, 2016 at 1:40 pm

Here’s the link to my recently-completed “T2” 25th anniversary retrospective article that’s related to my recent comments.

JodarMovieFan on July 11, 2016 at 6:54 pm

Michael, after all the T2 discussion on the different DC venue pages and no mention of us? :P While it may have been too much to individually mention us, you could have collectively thanked the “Cinema Treasures Group” in your article. :)

Can’t believe its been 10 years since the place closed to the public and almost 30 years since it opened.

HowardBHaas on July 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Living in DC when it opened, I attended a movie “Broadcast News” here one week after it opened. I’m glad, JodarMovieFan, that I photographed it the year before it closed as my 4 photos are still the only ones on this page. I was there then to see “Munich”

SethLewis on July 12, 2016 at 6:55 am

Saw my first film in DC here Tommy Lee Jones in Cobb Appreciate the impact it had on DC residents but a pretty basic CO plex in my mind…Toojay’s deli around the corner a treat Went back and did Trainspotting and Brando in Island of Dr Moreau back to back

Loews Pentagon City more convenient for big studio pictures

JodarMovieFan on July 12, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Howard, this site is a better place with the pictures you and others have taken to better illustrate and preserve the memories of those movie venues that we have enjoyed that are gone. ^5. I thank you.

At least its nice to know this place is still there and could return to being a first run place.

Coate on November 3, 2016 at 11:06 am

JodarMovieFan: Per your comment of July 11th… I’m not likely to thank Cinema Treasures generically in my articles since I don’t consider it a source, per se (it’s certainly not a primary source). I would have included you in the article’s special thanks if you posted under your real name. Other Cinema Treasures contributors were thanked in the article. Email me….

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