Studio 1-2-3

4600 Wisconsin Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20016

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The Studio 1-2-3 was opened by K-B Theatres on March 22, 1972, in a building that housed C & P Telephone Company offices. From the Brandywine entrance, moviegoers took an escalator to the theater lobby.

Two auditoriums sat about 140 people each. The smallest auditorium could hold only about 74. Each auditorium was a different color.

The Studio closed in the spring of 1991.

The 1987 opening by Cineplex Odeon of the more luxurious, spacious six-screen Wisconsin Avenue Theater (at 4000 Wisconsin and closed in 2006) resulted in an oversupply of screens in Northwest Washington and contributed to the closure of the Studio 1-2-3. The Studio had the smallest auditoriums of all the movie theaters in Northwest Washington.

Contributed by Jack Coursey, Howard B. Haas

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JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on January 22, 2008 at 9:31 am

This was a horrible theater that was probably the worst of the theaters that lined up Wisconsin Ave. My first and only visit to this place was in 1982 and I believe they closed sometime in the later 80s. The acoustics were horrible and, if memory serves me correctly had no stereo sound in any of the auditoriums. Sound insulation was lacking as you could hear two soundtracks for the price of one. This place was hardly a “treasure” by any stretch of the imagination.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on March 26, 2008 at 10:10 pm

There is a vacant, one story building at this address which is slated to be demolished in order for condominiums to be built on the site. This building is rather non-descript and does not have any features which suggest that it might have once been a cinema.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

No shock that the exterior wasn’t more impressive than the interior. I saw a couple movies there in 1987 and 1988. As JodarMovieFan asserts, it wasn’t a “treasure.”

RichardBattista
RichardBattista on June 17, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Many great memories from this theatre. It may not have been the greatest look outside (or inside for that matter) but it was cozy. It was a great place to meet up with friends and every seat had a great view. Definitely a local theatre with many local fans. It also hired many of the local kids to work which always made it fun.

Giles
Giles on June 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I remember seeing ‘The Mutilator’ and ‘CHUD’ here, two really awful 80’s horror movies. Oh and ‘Flashdance’

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