E Street Cinema

555 11th Street NW,
Washington, DC 20004

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E Street Cinema

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The E Street Cinema is located in the Lincoln Square Building(555 11th Street, NW), with its entrance on E Street between 10th and 11th Street, one block from Metro Center Station and four blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Station. The Lincoln Square Building is new, but saved many historic facades. There is an escalator and stairs to take movie patrons one level down to the theatre.

7 of the 8 auditoriums have stadium seating. They range in size from 96 seats to 260 seats. The auditoriums have Dolby Digital Sound, and at least one has Dolby Digital Surround EX. Concessions include an expresso bar and locally baked pastries, cookies, and gourmet chocolates.

This theatre was announced as early as 2001, but though the new building opened, the theatre did not open then. Like many movie theatre chains, Landmark was in bankruptcy. The E Street Cinema opened January 9, 2004. The theatre was designed by Graham Little Studio designer Brooks Graham, who designed many Landmark theatres.

Contributed by Dave Bonan, Howard B. Haas

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JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on March 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm

As a member of their film club, I received an invite for two, to a free screening of ‘Mother’ a Korean film import this past Monday 3/1/10. Due to the fact they sent out more invites than seats, I didn’t get in. The fact is my friend, who works nearby was to get in line early and get the ‘red tickets’ to allow us in. There was this Asian lady, who presumably is a Landmark employee, when I wanted to meet my friend, at the head of the line, bluntly said “its not my problem” and walked off. How rude. She wouldn’t even listen to my story, much less allow me to jump the line.

Since my friend and I did not get into the screening, we paid to see the five short films nominated for Oscar. They were shown in DP in #3, which I believe is my first time in that auditorium, which supposedly has the Sony 4K system. To my eyes, I did not notice any difference with 2K, unless they were shown side by side. Each was shown flat and the DP was sharp and clear, but the transfer of the first Indian film short yielded, maybe intentionally, diagonal lines like an interference line you’d see on your home tv due to an electronic disturbance.

Of the five films, I think Kavi, the Indian film should take Oscar given its world wide subject of slavery, which is a commendable theme. You want to know what happens next to this charming kid, who dreams of becoming a cricket player and going to school, while working with his enslaved parents on a brick farm.

thebrat
thebrat on January 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm

A few months ago, I attended the DC Shorts film festival at this place, auditorium #4. It sounded as if the woofers on the stage speakers were blown. As of January 2012, I have no word on whether they fixed it or not. Digital projection was so-so, but it may have been because of the source.

I think this place tries too hard to be like its younger brother, the Bethesda Row Cinema. Same basement approach, same style, but I dislike the layout of the auditoriums. Maybe I should see a legitimate film at this place instead of some cheap specialty engagements. Though it would be nice if Landmark could bring E Street’s extended repertoire to Bethesda Row. But then again, “Tinker, Tailor…” is playing on three screens there, but does it hurt to expand Landmark’s Capital Classics and Midnight Madness series to Bethesda?

Sorry for my arrogance. Anyways, read my username.

Giles
Giles on February 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I’m so peeved that Landmark’s digital conversion is moving at a snail’s pace – there are plans on converting all the screens in the DC market (Bethesda included) to playback digitally come spring time, (and I hope they retain some of the 35mm projector’s for the classic and midnight films) but ‘Cane Toads: The Conquest’ which is a 3D shot movie, is having it’s DC screening at next month’s Environmental Film Festival – and since E Street doesn’t have a 3D system – it’s not being shown as it should be …. grrrrrrr (I’m livid).

Giles
Giles on February 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm

okay, got an email from one of the festivals folk and he said in regards to ‘Cane Toads’:

“The film is not being shown in 3D because the filmmaker expressed to us that his various 3D Festival screenings have not gone well and have been plagued with technical difficulties (of course not all of them). He now prefers it be shown in 2D. This is what he told us. For the E Street screening we’re bringing in a special HDCAM SR deck and sound system to E Street to ensure that while it will not be 3D, it will be screened in true HD with great surround sound.”

Cumulo
Cumulo on February 15, 2012 at 3:40 am

The first and only movie I’ve seen here is “Get Low” on (IIRC) August 21, 2010.

Sold-out show in a medium-sized theater, good sound, good hot dog. The print was very badly scratched though; the deep green ones alternating with black hairlines. They’d appear right in the middle of a good scene. The trailers had hairlines too.

It was a real shame because this is a good movie, shot in anamorphic, and the print quality was otherwise spectacular. I don’t think they’d even had it for very long.

One of the managers talked to a group of people at the end of the show and said something like “the problem was with the projector” and that it “was going to be replaced soon”. Cover-your-ass shuck, most likely.

I guess I’ll give them another try someday.

Cumulo
Cumulo on June 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Finally gave them another try with “The Raid: Redemption” back in March. No problems whatsoever. Really impressed with the quality of the print. Also a great movie.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on August 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm

My friend and I saw a free screening of a new Chris Rock movie “2 Days in New York” on film. For a new movie, I cannot believe the scratchy print that unfolded before my eyes. Not sure whom to blame, being new perhaps the people in the booth mishandled it. Being used to digital, the scratches did detract but one gets accustomed to it.

The film went on too long anyway and will not add anything to Chris Rock’s career. After seeing it, I felt like I needed to shower with all the talk of sex, pot and a French family with hygiene issues.

As previously blogged here, for those fans of movies, join Landmark’s film club and get invites to free screenings like this one. Most are pretty good.

DotTheEyes
DotTheEyes on August 20, 2012 at 6:53 am

I love this theatre, though, I must admit, more for the films they show than the audio/visual presentations. Most of the screens are, of course, small (house number five is one strange experience!), and I have experienced scratched/dirty prints, particularly when seeing a very small movie being shipped from Landmark location to Landmark location for one-week-only runs. Nothing too bad, though. I would give the E Street Cinema a rousing 10/10 for selection and a solid 7.5/10 for projection, sound, and comfort.

Giles
Giles on September 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I really try to avoid screen 5 if at all possible, screen 6 must be directly behind it.

The conversion happened – all the screens can playback in DLP digital projection via Barco projectors. Next Friday’s ‘Samsara’ will be 4K DLP [thumbs up!]

I’ll post back with some more info, since I was rudely bumped off the phone call with the manager about half an hour ago.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on September 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm

The new Paul Anderson film is supposed to play here and at Bethesda, in gasp 70mm. This should be interesting. Their screens are rather tiny.

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