AMC Uptown 1

3426 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20008

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bigjoe59 on July 12, 2019 at 11:55 am


I thank everyone for replying to my post about Circus World’s roadshow run at this theater “in Cinerama”. its run of only 3 weeks still baffles me. did it not have any advance sale?

Local619 on July 11, 2019 at 7:26 pm

Per the Washington Post.. Circus World was running 11-17-64.. Lili ran 11-20-64 to 12-24-64.. Father Goose then ran 12-25-64 until 3-7-65.. The theatre was closed 3-8 & 3-9 then The Greatest Story Ever Told opened 3-1-65 with advance mail order ticket sales.

Mark_L on July 9, 2019 at 5:22 pm

While I don’t have 100% of the data, the average run of CIRCUS WORLD was about 11 weeks. The Uptowns may have been the shortest.

There is a gap in Cinerama showings at the Uptown from 11/16/1964 – 3/8/1965. I have no idea what ran at the Uptown during that period.

bigjoe59 on July 9, 2019 at 2:41 pm


I did in fact ask the question a while back and I mean
a while back but it was kind of you to answer the question again. the one bit of info on the list that still has me scratching my head is the roadshow run of Circus World “in Cinerama” at this theater which lasted only 3 weeks. I admit it wasn’t exactly Oscar material but I watched an HD transfer on YouTube and thoroughly enjoyed its colorful hokey-ness. the film’s roadshow run “in Cinerama” in Manhattan lasted I think 14? weeks.

MSC77 on July 9, 2019 at 1:33 pm

bigjoe59: Didn’t you ask this a while back? And, if I remember correctly, it was answered with a venue by venue breakdown of the roadshow bookings. Anyway, the answer you’re seeking can be found in the article Showcase Presentations in Washington, DC.

bigjoe59 on July 5, 2019 at 3:43 pm

Hello from NYC-

during the prime roadshow period(1952-1972) which theaters in D.C. aside from this one and the Warner did the studios use on a regular basis for their roadshow engagements? Manhattan had 7.

bigjoe59 on January 13, 2019 at 2:28 pm


on the photo page is an ad for the World Premiere opening of 2001: A Space Odyssey. right above it is' an ad for the roadshow engagement of Camelot at the Warner. said theater was fully renovated but no longer shows films. would anyone know the last big studio film to play an exclusive engagement here?

moviebuff82 on January 11, 2019 at 3:32 pm

Now called the AMC Uptown 1.

moviebuff82 on August 3, 2018 at 1:27 pm

I wonder if any president has visited this theater since it’s in DC. I know there’s a theater in the White House used solely for the president and his family.

HowardBHaas on August 3, 2018 at 12:52 pm

That is the post, Steven, thanks, though the copy & paste does work for me as to the 2001 70mm Imax link.

stevenj on August 3, 2018 at 11:29 am

The cut and paste link in Howard’s 2001 70mm Imax link post says “Not Found”. I think this is it:

2001 IMAX list

SethLewis on August 3, 2018 at 7:46 am

Nice piece on the Uptown…I lived in DC 95-97…My first trip was to see 12 Monkeys released at the back end of a week-long snow storm…People had cabin fever so a good crowd Saturday…remember sliding out on the ice and the ramp next to theatre and a car just missing me…Good crowds also on Saturday nights for American President and Twister

The nearby Chinese restaurant was also part of the treat of going up to Cleveland Park from Dupont for a movie

Washingtonians visit and save at all costs!

MarkDHite on August 2, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Why not post instructions on how to do it?

MSC77 on August 2, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Is it just me or are there others who wish the site owners/moderators would make it a rule when members post links that they need to provide an active (i.e. clickable) link, rather than a text-based link one then needs to copy and paste into a browser. Anyway, here’s a clickable link to the Uptown Oral History story HowardBHaas posted earlier today.

HowardBHaas on August 2, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Great new article on the Uptown!

HowardBHaas on August 2, 2018 at 2:40 pm

List of theaters showing 2001 in 70mm- 2001 to also be released for 1st time in Imax theaters

jeffpiatt on April 17, 2018 at 10:10 pm

so far all we have on 2001 is a teaser trailer with the end card just mentioning that it will play as a special engagement in select theaters in 7mm. so far it looks like the bookings are not done yet. there is also a press rlese with a hi res poster saying it will be on 70mm film. the theaters showing it will more than likely be the same ones that ran dunkirt in that format.

MarkDHite on April 17, 2018 at 7:21 am

IGN doesn’t say anything about a theatrical 4K release. It does beg the issue that these articles are so vague. But 2001 on 70mm film is touring the US this summer for sure, with some theatres having already announced dates. It would be nice for an official list, though, as the various venues are engaged for the film.

HowardBHaas on April 17, 2018 at 6:33 am

The IGN article mentions a 4k blue ray release. Whether or not released in 4k in theaters, select theaters nationwide in US already announced 70mm dates of 2001.

jeffpiatt on April 17, 2018 at 6:28 am

they do use the same sensor to scan 65mm film for distribution including 2001:A Space Odyssey Based on the IGN article the 2001 50th release will be on film in France then Digital in the US in 4K in May. AMC dos not have the film page up yet or a list of participating theaters.

MarkDHite on April 16, 2018 at 5:18 am

Jeffpiatt: Hi! The section of the Wikipedia 70mm article that you quoted is actually about digital cinema cameras that are used to capture a moving image similar in size and depth of field as a traditional 65mm film camera. There’s no reference here, in this section of the article, to 70mm film projection in theatres. Thanks!

HowardBHaas on April 16, 2018 at 4:46 am

More inaccuracy! Cameras are used to record, they are not film projectors. This theater has 4k projectors.

jeffpiatt on April 16, 2018 at 4:42 am

I was Quoting from the Wikipedia page on 70mm film. “There are three types of digital cinema cameras with a 65 mm sensor, the Phantom 65, the Arri Alexa 65 and the forthcoming IMAX 2D Digital Camera. Otti International’s Phil Kroll developed the world’s first 65/70 mm telecine transfer system. This camera has been used in Hollywood to digitally master 70 and 65 mm films.”

Looking at a list of theaters that have 70mm projection this theater is not listed so AMC is only projecting 2k Digital here and saving the 70mm for there PLF theaters that project in 4K. the last ones installed are at the LOC, MPAA, and the NCTA.

veyoung52 on April 14, 2018 at 8:13 am

Yeah, Howard, glad you caught this. It’s complete gibberish. Perhaps the poster is confusing 65mm sensors (which collect the incoming light from the lens) with 65mm film. I agree that the practice of calling cameras with enlarged sensors “70mm” cameras is misleading.