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 32 comments)

kencmcintyre on November 16, 2007 at 5:21 pm

Here is an article that discusses some of the anti-trust issues:

randytheicon on June 13, 2009 at 2:11 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 on June 13, 2009 at 2:31 pm

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

randytheicon on June 13, 2009 at 4:40 pm

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

carolgrau on July 9, 2009 at 8:25 pm

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

FluffyDasha on November 22, 2010 at 8:28 am

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?
: )

righter40 on January 6, 2014 at 7:03 pm

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.

al5672 on December 12, 2015 at 6:18 am

I worked this place since the beginning (installed projectors) until then early 2000’s now I work for fannie mae and I’m in charge of all the equipment in the space guess I can with the building…….

Coate on June 28, 2016 at 1:20 pm

Does anyone recall/know in which DC theater “Terminator 2” played first run? Was it here?

Local619 on June 28, 2016 at 5:43 pm

Terminator 2 was released on 3 July 1991.. The 4 July 1991 Washington Post lists it playing at (in The District)Wisconsin Ave, MacArthur, Union Station, Cerberus Foundry..

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