Old Greenbelt Theatre

129 Centerway,
Greenbelt, MD 20770

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The Greenbelt Theatre was opened on September 21, 1938. The opening attraction was “Little Miss Broadway” with Shirley Temple. The original seating capacity was 590. It was designed in an Art Deco style by architects Reginald S. Wadsworth & Douglas O. Ellington.

The Greenbelt Theatre showed movies for almost 40 years until it closed in 1976. Reopening as a community arts center in 1980, the theater struggled again and closed in 1987.

P & G Theatres purchased the Old Greenbelt and reopened it as a movie theater in 1990. The Greenbelt is, again, one of the best movie houses in the capital area with a 40-foot wide screen and a sound system with 4,900 watts of power and 60 speakers.

Contributed by Alexander Barnes, Paul Sanchez

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HowardBHaas on March 15, 2013 at 6:42 am

article about renovations, thankfully to upgrade its systems but keep as cinema- http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-08-29/local/35492680_1_digital-projector-renovations-theater

HowardBHaas on May 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

The Old Greenbelt Theatre will be able to renovate its art deco lobby, after it was awarded a $75,000 grant from Partners in Preservation.

For nearly a month, the Greenbelt theater competed against other historic places in the DC metro area for the possibility of winning some grant money to help them rennovate.

Although they did not take first place, they were still awarded $75,000 after a committee reviewed their needs. from- http://greenbelt.patch.com/articles/old-greenbelt-theatre-wins-75k-grant

cvolosin on May 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Howard, Wouldn’t it be more wise to invest that 75k into a Digital Projector, then take the profits of remaining open in 2014 and beyond to make cosmetic changes?

randytheicon on February 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Theatre was at one time operated by the Perry family.

JodarMovieFan on June 30, 2014 at 11:34 pm

This theater is currently closed for renovations and is supposed to reopen in the fall. On Yelp, it says Sept 1, 2014.

HowardBHaas on March 15, 2015 at 9:16 pm

Theater’s future explained here as it prepares to reopen- http://www.diamondbackonline.com/news/article_809e9c98-c5fa-11e4-9860-7b093d9c8aa0.html

Giles on April 25, 2015 at 2:15 pm

I had completely forgotten that this was getting renovated:

from Old Greenbelt Theatre facebook page:

“Latest news! Renovations should be complete and the theater ready to open for our soft start in mid-April, with a Grand Opening at the beginning of May!”

Giles on April 25, 2015 at 10:23 pm

got some tech news of the renovation:

  • screen size retains original size
  • 4K Christie DLP digital projection and 35mm film capabilities
  • no upgrades to audio but retains 5.1 surround sound (which is strange since the AFI Silver’s historic auditorium and the Avalon did integrate 7.1)
OGTDan on February 8, 2016 at 9:21 am

Hey all! Just wanted to update you on the renovation. The 11 month renovation was actually just phase 1 of the plan and phase 2 will target the auditorium. That’s when we hope to integrate 7.1 and upgrade our seats and screen.

Does anyone know how to edit some of the info on the page? Much of it is outdated.


HowardBHaas on February 8, 2016 at 10:13 am

I am an official volunteer but can’t edit the Intro outright. Post a new Intro or amendments in a comment & if the site editor doesn’t see it, I will & will send it to him. Also if you can please post any photos of the theater in the photo gallery, that would be great, too!

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