L'Enfant Theatre

429 L'Enfant Plaza SW,
Washington, DC 20024

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L'Enfant Theatre auditorium

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The L'Enfant Theatre existed sometime between 1968 and 1988. It was possibly a single screen operation at its inception and might have been part of Loews Theatres.

It is now the NTSB Conference Center.

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sconnell1
sconnell1 on March 14, 2009 at 8:43 pm

The theater opened on 11/14/68. The following films were shown there in its brief run.

11/14/68 The Shoes Of The Fisherman
04/02/69 Ben-Hur
06/04/69 South Pacific
06/26/69 Krakatoa, East Of Java
08/13/69 The Gay Deceivers
10/01/69 De Sade
11/26/69 All Neat In Black Stockings
12/05/69 Charly)/For Love Of Ivy

The L'efant was closed on 12/14/69 due to lack of business. The AFI took it over in 1970.

AlanHerman
AlanHerman on February 20, 2010 at 6:52 pm

In the late 70’s it became part of the KB (or K-B) cinema chain. I had worked there as a sweep union projectionist (one that would fill in for projectionists on leave, sick or fired, etc.). This was a small theater.

CharlieCoates
CharlieCoates on June 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm

The photo does not show the theatre. It was located on a street that passes under the Promenade(shown in the photo) and was next to a parking garage. That is largely responsible for the lack of attendance. No one could find it.

It was actually a nice theatre. I was a very frequent patron in 1971-72 when it was run by the American Film Institute. Shows would change daily and there were frequent series involving genres or stars. If the series focused on a particular star, that star would,more often than not, appear and participate in a discussion prior to the showing of the first film on the series.

One such series featured Ingrid Bergman and began with “Casablanca.” Ingrid Bergman appeared and discussed the film and her work/ Not unexpectedly, she was very gracious and witty. Quite a thrill.

lesbrown0
lesbrown0 on April 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I attended an opening stage act presented by Roberta Flack for singing artist Wayne Davis there in 1972. I never knew it was a movie theater.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 28, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Described in this 1969 trade article: http://www.boxoffice.com/the_vault/issue_page?issue_id=1969-9-29&page_no=90#page_start

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