Langley Theatre

8014 New Hampshire Avenue,
Langley Park, MD 20873

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The Langley Theatre, Located in Langley Park, Maryland opened its doors in March 11, 1952.

It was a single screen theatre with an auditorium of 987 seats, all on a single floor. It also featured a “crying room” for patrons who brought young children to the movies and would wind up disturbing other patrons. To accomodate the parents, they were ushered to the crying room so the parents could watch the film as their babies cried behind sound proof glass.

The Langley Theatre was one of the few theatres which utilized the ‘Sensurround’ sound system. In the 1970’s, a handful of films were released in ‘Sensurround’ which used large bass speakers during key periods in the film to cause the theatre to shake and vibrate. The films which were released in this format were “Earthquake”, “Midway”, “Rollercoaster”, and “Battlestar Gallactica”. The Langley Theatre also housed the Kintec Stereo system, a simulated stereo system for films that were presented with a stereo soundtrack.

The Langley Theatre was owned by the Kogat/Burka group (K/B Theatres). The theatre was a showcase theatre for the chain, featuring many first run exclusive engagements. The most prominent of the exclusive films were “The Godfather” in 1972 and “Star Trek-The Motion Picture” in 1979.

In the mid-late 1980’s, the theatre was converted into a twin which houses two 375 seat theatres. The original ambiance of the theatre was destroyed at that time when the theatre was forced to expand to keep pace with the multi-plexes opening during that time period.

The theatre ultimately closed in the early-1990’s when K/B Theatres went out of business, ending the chain which had 26 theatres in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia area during its hey day. The Langley Theatre was but one of K/B Theatres single screen gems, which also included, in Silver Spring, MD, the recently restored AFI Silver Theatre and the Flower Theatre (now a church), in Bethesda, MD, the Bethesda Theatre (now live shows) and the Baronet Theatre (demolished), and in the District, the MacArthur Theatre (now a CVS pharmacy) and the KB Cinema (now a furniture store), but to name a few.

Contributed by Kenneth London

Recent comments (view all 42 comments)

TLSLOEWS on April 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Right on K/B!!!

togaze on April 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm

K-B had this great logo…I think it had a red and blue shield with the K and B letters in fancy gold caps. I also seem to remember small stars on the fields of red and blue.

Does anyone have a link to a file with the K-B logo? I’d love to see it.

JodarMovieFan on April 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Thanks KB for sharing your memories. ^5.

Local619 on April 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Worked for KB off & on from the late 60s through the late 70s, (ran the Crystal City from 71 to 73).. In Virginia & DC.. KB was the best employer of their time. The Goldman’s and Burkas treated their people well. Am still intouch with three of the managers from that period (Mary Booth died in 2009)

Good company, good people & great times..

togaze on April 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Sorry to hear about Mary Booth. I too managed the K-B Crystal for a few months in 1979. The last film I showed at the Crystal before K-B and I parted company was “Dracula,” with Frank Langella.

Kim_Daven on June 4, 2011 at 6:30 am

I worked at the Langley Theatre from 1972 until about 1975. it was a great group of guys, most of which i still see. Bobby Hajjar, Jan Erman, David Wolf. There are many i wish i could find again, Maruice Jackson, Stacy Bates, Jimmy P…if any of you are out there gimmie a shout.

Twinkletoes on June 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Thank you for the additional information. I couldn’t ever be 100% certain that the pink glass mirror tiles by the drinking fountain were at Langley, or Hyattsville.

eblackman on August 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Kim and Togaze

Thanks for the wonderful memories I never worked for KB but i actually grew up in Takoma Park from 1975-1988. I remember as a child going to see ROLLARCOASTER, STAR WARS and Superman 1 and 2. I also remember movies that i was to young to see but wanted and remember the movie poster in the glass case at the KB Langley : CARRIE and BODY HEAT hahahah I also remember going to see SHarky’s Machine. As i got older and especially in High school it seemed that everyone started going to Beltway Plaza. I remember the C2 Bus right on University BLVD would take you straight to the mall. We also went to Flower Twins and the movie place on Georgia ave in silver spring.

Also does anyone remember the movie place in DC and VA back in the 80’s that use to show the first run kung fu blockbusters. They would show a lot of Shaw brothers movies. I cannot remember the name of the theater but i remember seeing it in the Washington Post movie section as a kid.


Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 10, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Linkrot repair: The May 3, 1952, Boxoffice article about the Langley Theatre has moved again:

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rivest266 on June 22, 2015 at 4:01 pm

March 11th, 1952 grand opening ad in photo section

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