West End Cinema

2301 M Street NW,
Washington, DC 20037

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West End Cinema

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The Circle West End 5-7 opened on April 12, 1985 with three auditoriums and “Blood Simple”, “Carmen” and “A Sunday in the Country”. The Circle circuit already operated the Circle West End 1-4. Cineplex Odeon tookover when they purchased the Circle chain in late-1987. Cineplex Odeon remodeled it and renamed it the Inner Circle Theatre in memory of the late movie theatre of that name on Pennsylvania Avenue. It was still a triplex. It was closed in late-2003 or early-2004.

Renamed West End Cinema, it reopened as an art house on October 29, 2010 with “Howl”, Budrus" and “Gerrymandering”. Auditoriums seat 100, 95 and 63. It was mothballed during the time it was closed, with projector systems, platters, sound systems, screens, seats and concessions remaining in place.

Contributed by Jack Coursey, Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 35 comments)

JodarMovieFan on November 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm

It appears they are open now showing movies. Should the status now be open? :) The line up looks interesting.

JodarMovieFan on November 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm

A 10/22/10 Washington Post article reports that the 7200 sq ft venue has three auditoriums seating 95, 75 and 50 people. Sounds like a cozy place to see a movie.

Aside from the traditional movie theater concession fare of popcorn, candy and soda; they reportedly will serve beer, wine and “gourmet nibbles.” Hmmm. I interpret that as high end fare such as foie gras nuggets? :D

westendcinema on November 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Sorry, Jodar, no duck liver! We do serve sandwiches, baked treats like baklava, brownies and cookies, and some gourmet chocolate to go along with the Raisinets and Goobers.
Hope you’ll check us out!
West End Cinema

Giles on January 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm

‘Summer Wars’ looks really interesting, might have to check it out!

westendcinema on January 15, 2011 at 10:37 am

Please do — it’s great!

Giles on February 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Any chance the WEC might be booking ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives’ in March? I must admit I saw it last November at the Virginia Film Festival, but I’d really like to see it again. Their digital presentation of the film was a letdown.

westendcinema on February 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I will ask our booker!

CSWalczak on February 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

A an article about the theater that appeared on the CNN website: View link.

HowardBHaas on May 31, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Westendcinema, have you taken a nice photo ofthe front of the theater? please post as Profile photo here now that photos can be added again. And, if you have a nice photo from before you tookoever, post that, too. Thanks

JackCoursey on June 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

How are the three auditoriums configured? The one closest to the entrance appears to be fan shaped.

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