Wisconsin Avenue Cinemas

4000 Wisconsin Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20016

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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….

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.

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

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”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 11:00 am

Um..wait a second. I don’t believe there were any DC area 70mm DIGITAL engagements of T2. It had to have been 70mm 6 track. In the Post, the movie ads usually had the 70mm engagements with those audio sound waves. Something like this: <<< 70 M M > > > more to size inside a box.


The only DC area digital engagement was the CDS one at the UA, now Regal Bethesda 10. Maybe I’m wrong, but I doubt it.

The DC area venues didn’t get Dolby Digital and DTS until around Jurassic Park, Whats Love Got to Do With It and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. I saw them all and remember traveling to the Multiplex Cinemas in Virginia to see/experience it.

I believe the first 70mm DTS movie we got in the area had to have been the Vertigo re-release. I saw that at the Uptown and in my mind, I was thinking 70mm movie print and separate digital disc for the sound.

Coate on June 30, 2016 at 8:31 am

Local619… Sorry to drag this out, but your latest reply prompts more questions than it answers. Any chance you made (or can make) a copy of the ad and can email to me (michaelcoate[at]thedigitalbits[dot]com)or post it in the Photos section for this theater?

Local619 on June 29, 2016 at 4:29 pm

The only display ad that I found (in the Washington Post) was on July 3, 1991 page B-10.. The Fine Arts, Arlington Blvd Multiplex and Reston Town Center Multiplex are the only three listed as 70MM with digital sound.. The listings also show the Fine Arts..

Coate on June 29, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Thank you, Local619. I don’t suppose you made a note of any of these being shown in 70mm and/or digital sound?

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..

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?

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…….

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.

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?
: )

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.

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.

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 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.

kencmcintyre on November 16, 2007 at 5:21 pm

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

SWATMAN on November 10, 2007 at 6:25 pm

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.