Cerberus 1-2-3

3040 M Street NW,
Washington, DC 20007

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Cerberus 1-2-3

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The Cerberus opened in 1970, on M Street near 31st Street in Georgetown. It was located in a vintage building that had originally housed an auto dealership. This triplex was designed by Joseph Wilkes. The Cerberus closed in 1993.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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estott
estott on December 3, 2006 at 8:41 pm

Back in the 1970’s this was a great place to see movies- three relatively small theaters in one building. Unfortunately the property values in Georgetown skyrocketed and the various theaters couldn’t survive.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 3, 2006 at 8:59 pm

Cerberus was a mythological three-headed dog. Appropriate for a triplex, I suppose.

Local619
Local619 on January 27, 2008 at 10:21 pm

The Cerberus occupied an old building that had been a multi level, city Automobile (Ford)dealership earlier. The three theatres were served by a common projection room, each theatre had twin Century projectors with Strong Xenon lamps (Magnarc type housings) and auto changovers. The projection room was a level above the theatres and used a series of front surface mirrors as periscopes to project the picture. “Hi Fi” stereo, MacIntosh Amps were installed to show “Woodstock” in 4ch Magnetic sound.

Local619
Local619 on June 1, 2008 at 3:34 am

Was located on the South West corner of M st NW and Thomas Jefferson St NW

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 9, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Somewhere around ‘87 I took photos of this place. They can now be found at the Theatre Historical Society archive in Elmhurst, IL.

sconnell1
sconnell1 on March 22, 2009 at 7:52 pm

The Cerberus 1-2-3 coplex opened on 1/21/70 with Z playing at all three theaters. At Number 1 it played for 23 weeks, at Number 2 for 22 weeks, and at Number 3 for 16 weeks.

These are the longest running films at the complex for the years 1970-1971: WOODSTOCK opened at Number 2 on 6/24/70, immediately after it closed at the Cinema theater. One week later it was moved to Number 1 where it played for 15 weeks. On 12/25/70 FIVE EASY PIECES moved into Number 1 from the Embassy theater, where it had played for 8 weeks, and stayed for 17 weeks. LITTLE BIG MAN opened at Numbers 2 and 3 on 2/25/71 and played there for 14 weeks.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 5, 2010 at 2:38 am

Wow, never seen “Z” heard about it.Must be a political film to stay that long in a political town. 14 weeks on “LITTLE BIG MAN” not bad.Thanks Stephen for the info.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm

The Washington Post obituary for architect Joseph Wilkes said this about his position in the firm of Wilkes & Faulkner: “Mr. Wilkes’s business partner, Winthrop W. Faulkner, did most of the firm’s design work. Mr. Wilkes, an expert in construction methods and materials, was responsible for the nuts-and-bolts work of translating the drawings into buildings.”

Giles
Giles on August 13, 2013 at 5:43 pm

can anyone confirm for me that a) ‘Starchasers: The Legend of Orin’ and b) it was presented in anaglyph 3D played here – I vaguely remember it as such.

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