AMC Loews Shirlington 7

2772 S. Randolph Street,
Arlington, VA 22206

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AMC Loews Shirlington 7

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Built in the late 1980’s the Shirlington 7 is an attractive theater designed as part of a 1940’s style village of small shops and restaurants that clearly aimed to provide an alternative to the new multiplexes that were becoming dominant at the time. With a fairly small lobby and concession area balanced by spacious and comfortable seating, the emphasis is clearly on the movie viewing experience.

When the theater first opened it exhibited a wide range of films, from Hollywood blockbusters and independents to mass appeal films aimed towards the whole family. As the years passed its focus has been more exclusively on independents and art-house flicks. Though the occasional commercial film is booked it is almost always one geared towards the 25 and over crowd.

Contributed by Hoiles

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

JodarMovieFan on September 25, 2007 at 1:32 am

One of the theatres was 70mm capable.

Giles on September 25, 2007 at 2:18 pm

maybe if AMC doesn’t renew it’s lease Landmark might come to the rescue. (fingers crossed)

Hoiles on September 28, 2007 at 7:27 pm

Yeah, seems like such a waste to have this place bite the dust. A great looking theater, 7 is a decent number of screens, and it is a perfect neighborhood for the product they show. Hope this doesn’t just turn in to more condos.

Cinema Arts in Fairfax does compete with Shirlington in trying to book a lot of the same indie product and does do good business from what I understand. It’s independently owned, so I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon, so there’ll still be a location that side of DC showing arthouse stuff. Still, hope somebody comes in and saves this place.

JodarMovieFan on September 28, 2007 at 7:40 pm

Less competition is NOT good. While I’ve never visited Cinema Arts, I do see their showtimes in the paper and have visited their website. By the number of shows they have 5-6, they MUST be doing well in comparison to the rest given the fact that 4 showings is the norm for many movies.

Giles on January 15, 2008 at 6:16 pm

since the closing of the intown DC Dupont Theatre I thought AMC would follow with the closing of Shirlington – what’s the story at this point?

JodarMovieFan on January 15, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Giles, SHH! Don’t suggest any more venue closings. I like Shirlington and the surrounding restaurants and public library.

Giles on January 15, 2008 at 8:49 pm

I think AMC is only interested in it’s Hoffman and Tyson’s theatres since those are getting the IMAX conversion (and yes I know AMC is fronting up the cash for that, not AMC). They even shorthand Mazza Galleria – a theatre that seems like it’s on the downhill.

JackCoursey on April 25, 2010 at 5:20 am

This is a nice, quirky little venue which grows on you. The place is clean, the staff is courteous, the presentation in each of the auditoria is superb and the patrons are pleasant and quiet. 2009 and 2010 shots of the Shirlington: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

br91975 on December 31, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I noticed when I visited this theatre (which I quickly fell in love with, for its charms and its programming) for the first time, a few weeks ago, that it’s still all 35MM. Hopefully the lack of digital projection, at least for now, isn’t an indication of its impending closing.

Giles on October 27, 2015 at 3:20 pm

AMC website states:

“This theatre is temporarily closed while we make changes that you’re going to love. Please check back later for updates.”

hmmm …

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