Marlow Theatre

3899 Branch Avenue,
Temple Hills, MD 20748

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Marlow Theatre

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The Marlow Heights Theatre opened November 1, 1963 under the Wineland Theatres banner. The 927 seat venue was designed by the Silver Springs architectural group of Loewer-Sargent and Associate.

During the 1970’s the auditorium was split down the center two create two cinemas and in the 1980’s the total number of screens was expanded to six.

It was taken over by Phoenix Big Cinemas on March 9, 2012.

Contributed by John Coursey

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raysson
raysson on November 18, 2009 at 5:15 am

Also known as the Marlow Heights Theatre. The cinema was located on Branch Avenue right next door from the Iverson Mall. The Iverson Mall,was anchored by three department store(at one time was Woodard and Lothrop,along with Montgomery Ward and JC Penney).The mall was not far the Southeast community of D.C. just a tab from borderline between the city limits of The District of Columbia and the Maryland state line. The Iverson Mall was located on the Maryland line.

raysson
raysson on November 18, 2009 at 5:15 am

My aunt lived not far from the Iverson Mall and the local theatre.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on January 24, 2010 at 11:45 am

The theatre exterior is vintage 1970s architecture and quite impressive. Although I didn’t have a chance to get any interior shots, I did manage to get a couple of the exterior: 1, 2

sconnell1
sconnell1 on February 21, 2010 at 1:41 pm

The Marlow opened on 11/1/63 with THE THRILL OF IT ALL, starring Doris Day and James Garner. This film had previously played for over 11 weeks at the Dupont!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 17, 2010 at 4:00 am

This theatre is list under locations of Loews-Cineplex I do not seethe connection,anyone know?

sbro_685
sbro_685 on December 1, 2012 at 12:30 am

I usually go to this theatre location because of the convenience. Over the years it has changes ownership but the quality of it service remains poor. I believe the owners feels that their clientele doesn’t deserve better so they don’t deliver better. The last time I was there it was so cold and uncomfortable I shivered through the entire movie. The inside of the movies felt colder than being outdoors in the elements. It is always freezing inside. The only thing I trust eating are the pop corn

Chris1982
Chris1982 on November 3, 2014 at 2:31 pm

This Cinema was previously operated by: Wineland Theatres, NEI Theatres, Cineplex Odeon Theatres, Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Lesser Theatres and finally Phoenix Big Cinemas.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 28, 2015 at 2:12 am

October 30th, 1963 grand opening ad in photo section with the largest screen east.

vilebodies
vilebodies on November 29, 2015 at 9:50 am

This is a nifty little site (Cinema Treasures). I must have gone to the Marlow Heights theater many times, though the only visit I remember distinctly was for the movie “Krull” (1983); it was in the summer just before I started high school.

It’s been many years since I lived in the area, but in response to the first post here—though I’m quite late in replying—I have to say that Iverson Mall had only two anchor stores: Woodward & Lothrop, and Montgomery Ward (there was never a JC Penney). Woodies went out of business in 1995 (a real shame), and Ward’s some time later (not such a shame). Both these stores had two floors, but I think that Ward’s was replaced by two stores, one for each floor. Also, I’ve never heard of this shopping center referred to as “the” Iverson Mall, just Iverson Mall, and I apologize if this is over-picky.

sbr1429
sbr1429 on July 23, 2016 at 12:48 am

I have been patronizing this theater for years. It has transition through several different management teams. Although not perfect and improvements are needed it is better than the past. I love the new prices but how long will this last? My biggest complaint is when renovations are made why is the bathroom always the forgotten factor? Doors hanging off hinges, no locks on bath room doors, no hooks on all of the doors to hang purses or coats, above all the water pressure for flushing the toilets is horrible. Definitely needed attention to the bathrooms. I purchased a hot dog one time that was precooked and wrapped and had to returned it because I was 72 at the time and the hot dog looked older and dried up than me. The individual theater environment like the seating, sound, and image quality is comparable to other movie theater locations for $5.00. You can’t beat that price. I always bring a light jacket to the theater with me but there have been time when I felt like I needed a winter coat and a space heater to keep me from freezing.

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