Phoenix Theatres Union Station 9
50 Massachusetts Avenue NE,
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This movie theater opened in the basement, the food hall, of Union Station, on November 18, 1988. The marquee names each auditorium after a movie palace in Washington, D.C., most of which are gone: the Capitol (only the exterior stands), the Palace, Orpheum, Avenue Grand, Penn (only the facade survives), Roxy, Paradise, State, and Tivoli (recently reopened but not as one huge movie palace).
The Union Station has long maintained large crowds, especially because downtown lost almost of its movie theaters by the time it opened. However, the recent opening of the larger megaplex, the Regal at Gallery Place, may have made this pre-stadium seating house redundant.
In December 2005, it was announced that as part of the merger with Loews, this theater would be spun off to another operator, and the theater was operated by Phoenix Theatres.
It was announced in September 2008, that the theatre will close sometime soon because it is no longer profitable. It was closed in October 2009 and the space will be used by restaurants.
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