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
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:

http://www.quitbuddies.org/Jef’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.
Thanks—

Jef. Hyde

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on January 26, 2008 at 7:20 pm

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

sconnell1
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
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
rivest266 on June 27, 2015 at 4:17 pm

September 30th, 1967 grand opening ad in photo section

scottjsilverman
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
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!

smalzz
smalzz on August 4, 2016 at 11:20 pm

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…

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