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

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JefHyde on March 14, 2007 at 8:47 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 27, 2008 at 3:20 am

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

sconnell1 on March 23, 2009 at 5:06 am

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

SnarkyYarbles on May 25, 2010 at 6:22 am

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 12, 2012 at 12:23 am

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 28, 2015 at 12:17 am

September 30th, 1967 grand opening ad in photo section

scottjsilverman on April 15, 2016 at 5:08 am

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 9:13 pm

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

smalzz on August 5, 2016 at 7:20 am

I saw a few films here. The one that stands out is called The Moneytree-a “fictional” film about a mountain pot grower. I really like the movie. The filmmakers/actors were waiting in the lobby when the film let out. Irony: I was too high to talk to them…

HDEngineer on February 3, 2017 at 8:18 pm

I worked there as a relief projectionist from 1969 – 1972. The owners knew so little about theater operations that when they built it they put the projection booth in the corner at a 45 degree angle to the screen. It had to be hurriedly extended. The booth had a pair of broken down Simplex with no magazines. One day I came in to work and found them running nitrate film !!! The speakers behind the screen were Radio Shack metal horns. The place was often packed. It was difficult to do a changeover without getting high from the smoke wafting in through the port windows….

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