Baronet West Theatre

7651 Old Georgetown Road,
Bethesda, MD 20814

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The Baronet West stood at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and East-West Highway in Bethesda, MD. It was opened in December 1975 by K-B Theatres and closed in fall 1988, subsequently demolished.

Contributed by Paul C. Shugrue

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JeffMM
JeffMM on September 12, 2006 at 4:29 pm

I the ‘50s it was know as the “Hiser Bethesda,” not sure of the spelling of “Hiser”, but I think it was the name of the owner.

sguttag
sguttag on July 22, 2007 at 4:13 am

Jeff, I think you have your theatres off…the Baronet West was a theatre unto itself. Its only connection to the Baronet or the Bethesda was the K-B chain and its proximity to the original Baronet.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 22, 2007 at 4:56 am

According to Headley’s book on DC area cinemas, the Baronet West was a “tiny, drab duplex”

sguttag
sguttag on July 22, 2007 at 5:34 am

I would not dispute that description. Compared to the Baronet it was not that phenominal at all. It never even had stereo sound. As for drab…it had the K-B carpet. The walls were Alpro in the theatres (think GCC of the day too). The theatre could do some business at times but mostly…a drab duplex fits the description pretty well.

Giles
Giles on September 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

wasn’t there an indoor merry-go round near the theater?

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