5100 Wisconsin Avenue,
Washington, DC 20016

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The Cinema had one of the largest screens in the DC area and was second only to the Uptown Theatre in auditorium size.

Seating more than 800 patrons, the theater wasn’t as old as the Avalon Theatre, but its mid-20th century charm was evident both inside and out. The Cinema opened March 31, 1965.

Renovated in 1997, the Cinema was last operated by Loews Cineplex Entertainment, which closed it in January 2005. It became a furniture showroom, and has now been converted into a sporting club (gym).

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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HowardBHaas on January 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

1996 Courage Under Fire photo of theater exterior:

raysson on May 17, 2013 at 7:19 am

According to Mike Coate THE RETURN OF THE JEDI played here in 70mm.

Giles on May 17, 2013 at 6:52 pm

actually the Coate playdate story (on states the Jenifer, not the Cinema played ‘Return of the Jedi’ (which is correct since that’s where I remember seeing it at)

sguttag on August 22, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Without a doubt, the Jenifer (under GCC ownership) and the MacArthur (under Circle) played Jedi in 1983. The Cinema played Close Encounters in 35mm, for sure. The 70mm projectors (from the Apex) didn’t get installed until 1980 for Empire. I believe that the Cinema was still using an Eprad Starscope processor the Close Encounters, rather than a genuine Dolby CP50. However, in 1980, it did get its Dolby CP200.

rivest266 on June 27, 2015 at 1:31 pm

March 31st, 1965 grand opening ad in photo section

Giles on December 6, 2017 at 10:01 am

can someone remind me – did ‘Titanic’ play here in 1997?

JodarMovieFan on December 6, 2017 at 10:34 pm

If it did, it wasn’t in 70mm. For some reason, one of the Columbia MD theaters..the newer one sticks out in my mind of possibly playing it in 70mm for a brief time. OR, had a special print? Have to search the paper archives for that one.

MSC77 on December 22, 2017 at 2:14 pm

“The Graduate” opened here fifty years ago today. The film went on to play (a venue record?) 58 weeks. And to commemorate the classic film’s golden anniversary, here’s a new retrospective article which includes some exhibition history (and other) details.

MSC77 on April 4, 2018 at 8:04 am

Here’s the link to a new article on roadshow and large format presentations in Washington, DC, which includes numerous mentions of the K-B Cinema.

Showcase Presentations in Washington, DC

The piece is a work in progress, so please don’t hesitate to offer up any useful feedback.

Giles on April 14, 2019 at 10:36 pm

Unless it happened during the “02/18/76 (repertory film festival showings)” or the latter end of the 1970’s, I remember my dad taking me here to see ‘Camelot’– at a young age I was very entertained.

The 1989 engagement of ‘The Ten Commandments’ was aptly impressive here, but I can’t seem to recall if it was a 35mm print or 70mm print, I think it was the former.

Out of curiosity, when DID the Cinema get it’s 70mm projector and what was presented as such, every bit of info I’ve noted seems to suggest that ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ was the debut of the system – is that true?

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