Old Greenbelt Theatre

129 Centerway,
Greenbelt, MD 20770

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HowardBHaas on February 8, 2016 at 8:13 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!

OGTDan on February 8, 2016 at 7:21 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 Much of it is outdated.


Giles on April 25, 2015 at 8:23 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)
Giles on April 25, 2015 at 12:15 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!”

HowardBHaas on March 15, 2015 at 7:16 pm

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

JodarMovieFan on June 30, 2014 at 9:34 pm

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

randytheicon on February 22, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Theatre was at one time operated by the Perry family.

cvolosin on May 17, 2013 at 2:06 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?

HowardBHaas on May 17, 2013 at 7:26 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

HowardBHaas on March 15, 2013 at 4:42 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

JodarMovieFan on March 14, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I saw ‘Quartet’ here midweek, last week. Pleasant film with older stars set in a retirement home for elderly in the arts. No projection problems this time. I had read the place was to close down for remodeling, but they are still showing movies.

JodarMovieFan on January 1, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Christmas Day I caught Les Miserables to a large crowd for the unbelievably bargain price of $5. It should be noted that BowTie theaters discontinued their bargain Tuesday prices during the holidays due to what they claim are contractual obligations. Given this piece of information, its a wonder how the Greenbelt could open the film and still offer their Tuesday discount.

A major distraction was the ‘letterbox’ presentation. There were obvious gaps in the lower and upper portions of the screen. Watching the movie was similar to looking at it through a mailslot. I was thinking someone forgot to change lenses and figured someone else would complain. There were a few that got up, but I guess they didn’t, or if they did, it was not fixed.

The film was engaging, for the most part, as I’ve seen both dramatic and musical versions, but I have to say that aside from Anne Hathaway’s Fantine, the other majors, particularly Russell Crowe, cannot sing. Hugh Jackman, much lauded actor, sounds so haggard as if he’s doing karaoke intoxicated. During the scene where the kid rises up to a certain death by the French soldiers, a man screamed out as the kid gets up…which just turned up the drama to that scene for the rest of us. And, of course, the ending brought the house to tears for most of us..this is the power of good cinema, folks.

JodarMovieFan on December 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Last week I saw ‘Anna Karenina’, based on Tolstoy’s book. Tuesday’s prices are only $5, a definite bargain. The audience was plentiful and the staff are always friendly. The Manager was thanking people for coming as patrons exited. Now when was the last time you were thanked by someone at your local theater for coming?

JodarMovieFan on November 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Over the last few weeks, I have seen ‘Arbitage,’ the Best Foreign Film winner ‘The Intouchables’ and ‘Argo.’ All films were very good, especially ‘The Intouchables.’ I cannot believe that little French film has grossed almost $400M internationally. The story is very touching with believable performances.

Presentation is very good. They’ve started in house advertising, which is okay. The last few shows had no previews. I suppose Management doesn’t know what its going to get until its secured.

For the $5 or $6 matinee price, you can’t beat it. Support your independent operating theaters!

JodarMovieFan on August 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I saw ‘Hope Springs’ here during a matinee showing for the measly price of $5. Seeing Meryl Streep act in various roles is amazing because she transforms into whomever the character is supposed to be. In this movie, she’s no different, giving a restrained and believable performance as an unhappy wife married to Tommy Lee Jones.

I’m so used to DP in movies that watching movies on film takes some minor adjustment. Those adjustments are of course the film scratches and abrupt changes.

Watching movies here is definitely old shoe-ish but like pleasant memories, you always want to revisit them time and time again.

Twinkletoes on September 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Nice postcard ! Lots of space, and pretty trees. Ah, the old days.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm

From the 1940s a photo postcard view of the Greenbelt Theatre in Greenbelt.

Twinkletoes on July 27, 2010 at 8:32 am

Thanks to each of you for sharing pictures, and memories. I am in Arizona now about an hour from Vegas, and they actually have drive ins. I haven’t come across an old theatre, yet. There ought to be a law that buildings are built in pairs, just in case something happens to one. And there should be laws against allowing them to deteriorate.

Twinkletoes on March 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Thank you. Maybe the statues were in Hyattsville. I know that they were illuminated by an ultraviolet light, can’t recall if lit from above, side, or from below, but I am sure they were Greek statues, and were on either side of the screen. Could have been Langley. The little details made such a difference. Ushers were the norm back then.

JodarMovieFan on February 16, 2010 at 6:27 pm

If they were there, I think they are long gone by now. I don’t recall seeing statues by the screen. Maybe they were there once upon a time. But as I said in my last post, the place could use some sprucing up. Maybe they could do a fundraiser just for that purpose.

Twinkletoes on February 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Did Greenbelt have the plaster lady statues up by the screen ? I am trying to find out who had those.There was a violet light shining on them. Langley had the pink glass mirrors around the water fountain. I believe Greenbelt may have had a clock down mear the screen by the exit signs. Old theatres had neat nooks and crannies. I get Hyattsville interiors mixed up, too. Old memories overlap.

JodarMovieFan on January 1, 2010 at 9:24 am

I caught Nine here on a matinee over the holiday weekend (Sun). Very nice projection, bright screen, great movie. My friend was more excited to see it initially then I did. Not knowing about the movie except seeing Penelope Cruz on tv and hear raves about her performance, I thought I would snooze during the movie. Fortunately, I did not. Daniel Day Lewis gives a good performance as do his castmates and, yes, Penelope does sizzle and dazzle. Her performance says Oscar nomination at least. What was just as good as the movie was the $6 matinee price. :)

While I am glad this theater is still around, I hope they will someday remodel the restrooms and repair the seats that need repair. Also the auditorium could use some fresh paint or something to obscure whatever is peeling or bare.

Twinkletoes on June 27, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Thank you, Lost Memory. I am glad you posted that. I will tell friends of mine to go look at it.

Twinkletoes on June 19, 2009 at 4:43 pm

I used to go watch the Hammer horror movies, and attend kiddie matinees there. It was a quarter. I purchased some candies that were like large size M and M’s. The floor was often sticky, and I didn’t feel quite right unless I was hit in the back of the head at least once with a Root Beer Barrel or Dots. The popcorn was out of this world, along with such films as “The Blob” and “Mole People.”