Uptown Theater

3426 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20008

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JonT on September 18, 2016 at 8:24 pm

Made my last visit to the Uptown to see “Prometheus” and left before it was half-way through; couldn’t believe that this theater was showing a projected image that did not fit the screen, most distracting — unbelievable!

patryan6019 on September 3, 2016 at 3:16 am

Howard…No I am not a projectionist, AR would be 2.2 and at 2.76 the image on a screen with a height of 30 feet would need to be 7.5 feet wider on each side.

HowardBHaas on September 2, 2016 at 5:30 am

As to Ben Hur, would it have projected 2.2 aspect ratio? Would’ve lost a bit of the 2.76 aspect at left and at right?

HowardBHaas on September 2, 2016 at 5:12 am

Thank you, patryan. Were you are projectionist there?

patryan6019 on September 2, 2016 at 1:21 am

Howard…Of those 6 films, only Fiddler and Ben-Hur were in 70mm, the latter using the 69 reissue that did not have the original extra wide image.

Coate on September 1, 2016 at 10:04 pm

Recently published: “Khartoum”: The Roadshow Engagements, which, of course, includes a mention of its run at the Uptown.

HowardBHaas on September 1, 2016 at 7:21 am

Patryan, I had known re Fiddler on the Roof but neglected to mention it above. Are you saying that Amadeus, GWTW, and Lawrence of Arabia were all shown then in 35mm? And, that Dr Zhivago was shown 35mm? Was Fiddler on the Roof in 35mm? Was Ben Hur shown in 35mm or 70mm? I don’t think the ads or whatever were clear to me as to Ben Hur & Dr Zhivago format.

patryan6019 on September 1, 2016 at 1:56 am

Fiddler played between DZ (not 70mm) and WSS. The others ran as you listed, but were also not in 70. Prior to Boys in 70 was 1st run Black Robe for 3 weeks.

HowardBHaas on August 31, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Ah, right, then For the Boys would’ve been the next release. Kwai was a faded print.

Coate on August 31, 2016 at 11:23 am

Thanks, Howard. Your comment suggests my notes are incomplete on the matter of the 70mm festival (and the 1990s-era Uptown bookings). Those details were jotted down many years ago while researching for evidence of a screening of a 70mm print of “The Bridge on the River Kwai.” I came across them while pulling some notes recently for another project and thought readers might find them of interest. Anyway, I doubt “For the Boys” was a part of the fest, since it was a new movie getting its initial release that November (unless there was a pre-release screening that concluded the fest).

bigjoe59 on August 29, 2016 at 4:42 pm


to patryan6019 thanks for your take posted on Jan.14 about the souvenir program for “Krakatoa……”. it must have been odd for patrons to buy a program the first two pages of which describe the “new” Cinerama yet the film they’re about to watch isn’t “in Cinerama”.

HowardBHaas on August 28, 2016 at 5:28 pm

Coate, the 1991 film festival didn’t conclude with Dr Zhivago. On Oct 12, I saw West Side Story in 70mm. My notes of films before West Side Story (and after Dr Zhivago) are Amadeus, GWTW, Lawrence of Arabia, and though my notes don’t indicate whether 70mm or not, probably. My notes after West Side Story are For the Boys, again my notes no indicate format.

Giles on May 29, 2016 at 10:35 am

thanks Coate posting the 1991 70mm fest – I remember seeing ‘Ben-Hur’ and ‘Alien’ – the latter in particular since my first time I saw the movie was on a small 13 inch TV (in no way to see or experience it) – the 70mm version was far and out the best way to see and hear it – the airduct scene I was digging my fingers into the arm rests.

Coate on May 28, 2016 at 11:53 pm

[off topic]

Paging patryan6019…. Did KHARTOUM play “in Cinerama” roadshow runs in Birmingham, Chattanooga and Providence? Answer here, or email me, please (michaelcoate[at]thedigitalbits[dot]com).

Giles on May 25, 2016 at 3:09 pm

^ sad

I think the theater you are thinking of JodarMovieFan is Portland’s Hollywood Theater

sguttag on May 25, 2016 at 12:20 am

The Norelco projectors came out much earlier for Cinerama. They went to the Cinema 7 theatre in Bailey’s Crossroads when it opened. There they remained until the Apex Annapolis Harbor opened when one moved there. When the Cinema 7 closed, the second moved to be a parts machine. For the DCinema conversion, they were trashed (thrown in the dumpster).

JodarMovieFan on May 24, 2016 at 11:07 pm

Upon movie showtime searching this evening, I had noticed that showtimes at this theater were not posted on the AMC website. I had initially feared that the theater may have closed and no one knew about it. Googling revealed that they are showing the latest Captain America.

In the google search, I noticed a Wiki page on the Uptown where it states the Norelco 35/70mm projector was taken out in ‘10 when Tron Legacy came out. Going through the posts, I saw the discussion thread that took place but didn’t see where the venue’s old Norelco projectors went to? Does anyone know? I was thinking maybe the Portland OR theater that had 70mm capability installed a few years ago, but forgot the name of it. :P

Coate on April 24, 2016 at 3:32 pm

The 70mm Festival that ran here during 1991 included….

1991-07-19 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1 week)
1991-07-26 … 2010 (1)
1991-08-02 … BLADE RUNNER (1) (test-screening version)
1991-08-09 … BEN-HUR (1)
1991-08-16 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1)
1991-08-30 … ALIEN (1)
1991-09-06 … DAYS OF HEAVEN (1)
1991-09-13 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1) (”The Special Edition”)
1991-09-20 … FANTASIA (1)
1991-09-27 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1)

HowardBHaas on January 28, 2016 at 1:23 pm

Back open today, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

HowardBHaas on January 27, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Thanks, if the federal government closed today, I understand better. Yesterday, at least, AMC Mazza Gallerie was open, but that’s in a mall.

Chris1982 on January 27, 2016 at 1:37 pm

Howard, I have relatives outside of Washington DC and not all of the streets are cleared yet. They got 18 inches of snow and the area was not all been cleared yet. They were not prepared for that much snows. They even moved electric repair trucks from as far away as Missouri. Even the Federal Government was closed today. 91/27/16

HowardBHaas on January 27, 2016 at 6:58 am

AMC website still asserts Uptown closed due to the snow storm. Why still closed?

veyoung52 on January 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm

What does “Krakatoa…” have to do with this discussion of “Cinerama’s Russian Adventure”? And what is the city/theatre mentioned in the January 14 post?

patryan6019 on January 14, 2016 at 11:13 pm

Java only played one reserved seat engagement — in Hollywood. All others, including NY, played as many as 4 performances a day at reduced prices. This was both the first and last time this occurred, as there were no more pictures released in the process. And why wouldn’t they sell the program in any theatre to make money, since the first credit is “Cinerama Presents”. There were no “truth in souvenir program” laws that I know of.

Coate on January 14, 2016 at 12:58 pm

My unaccounted for engagements of “Russian Adventure” are Akron (Falls), Birmingham (Eastwood Mall), Chattanooga (Brainerd), Jacksonville (5 Points), Louisville (Showcase), Norfolk (Rosna), and Providence (Cinerama). Is the “unique” engagement you’re referring to, patryan6019, one of these?