Biograph Theatre

2819 M Street NW,
Washington, DC 20007

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Biograph Theatre

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The Biograph Theater was a repertory movie house, built inside the shell of an old auto dealership. It opened September 30, 1967 and closed in 1996, being replaced by a CVS drugstore.

An old photo of the theater hangs in the store’s window, but it only adds to the misery of those who loved this Georgetown favorite.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

upmaurer on January 28, 2004 at 2:01 pm

Well, Landmark Theaters just opened (Jan 2004) the “E Street Cinema” on E St. between 10th and 11th in DC. I’ve been there once (it’s very, very nice) but I don’t know if one of the auditoriums is in fact dedicated to the Biograph.

I’ve been to the Biograph many, many times. One of the oddities of it was that when you bought your ticket, you were given an old metal token (NY subway-style) and you used it to get through a turnstile into the theater! When it closed they sold all their old vintage one-sheets and my husband bought the one for “Bullitt”, which we had framed. Towards the end they were showing porn (video projected, but projected nonetheless) during the day, I guess for extra income. It seems even porn lovers can be purists and theater lovers! There’s nothing like seeing a movie in a theater. There’s no repertory theaters anymore in this area, so we really miss the Biograph. Nearby the Key in Georgetown was also an art/repertory place, but it died too.

JefHyde on March 14, 2007 at 1:47 pm

Any fans of the old Biograph may be interested in seeing a bit more of it on my website. The current link is:’s/theatre.htm

Please drop me a line if you see and enjoy the page. I’m always interested in hearing from friends and fans of the place.

Jef. Hyde

JackCoursey on January 26, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Here is a night shot from January 2008 of the former Biograph.

sconnell1 on March 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm

The Biograph opened on 9/30/67 with the films A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (1946) and MASCULINE-FEMINE (1966).

SnarkyYarbles on May 24, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I seem to remember an antique hand-crank flip viewer in the lobby, for a nickel you could watch an old Felix The Cat cartoon.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I took a few photographs of the Biograph in the 80’s. Those photos can now be found at the Theater Historical Society in Elmhurst, IL.

rivest266 on June 27, 2015 at 4:17 pm

September 30th, 1967 grand opening ad in photo section

scottjsilverman on April 14, 2016 at 9:08 pm

I so remember this theater from the late 1960s. My father used to take me there. This is where I was introduced to the Marx Brothers and WC Fields. Great days. I specifically recall there was a beautiful hand cranked move camera on a tripod by the candy stand. I was intrigued with it as a child. What a great theater….

dbowker3d on July 11, 2016 at 1:13 pm

Oh man- so painful to read this! The Biograph was literally my film education in the 1980s before I went to college!

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