1700 Columbia Road NW,
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The Ontario Theatre was a neighborhood theatre in the midtown business section. It opened November 1, 1951 and was originally operated by K-B Theatres as a first-run theatre. All seating was on a single floor.
It was remodeled and reopened by the Circle chain back in 1985. I vividly remember that it was a rather grand affair, with spotlights above the city, when the theatre showed the 70mm presentation of “Lifeforce”.
The theatre still smelled of paint on the walls and seats as my friends and I took in the then state-of-the-art Kintek sound system and large screen. I saw “The Color Purple” at that theatre before it was abruptly shut down due to heavy losses. The theatre had no parking and was not really close to a Metro station to fill it capacity.
It became a mom and pop retail shop, and was demolished in October 2013.
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