AED Globe Theatre

1907 Florida Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20009

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AED Globe Theatre

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Loew’s Theaters opened the Embassy Theater on August 29, 1963. The Washington Post described it: “A graceful, curving facade greets the customer, who is ushered into a wide foyer carpeted in wall-to-wall blue wool…flecked…with tiny red-and-black spots. Inside the pleasant auditorium, the cleverly staggered chairs soothe the eye with blue basket-weave nylon upholstery. A fluted curtain in the same color covers the screen…and uniquely rises in Austrian curtain style.”

The Loew’s organization sold the theater in June 1978 to the Pedas Brothers, who renamed it the Embassy Circle, to fit in with their other theaters, the Circle, Inner Circle, and Outer Circle 1 and 2.

In August 1998, the Embassy Theatre closed. It reopened in 2000 as the Visions Cinema Bistro Lounge, under an independent operator, after being renoveated into one auditorium of 210 seats plus a 32 seat balcony, and a second auditorium with 115 seats. The redone theatre showed repertory, independent, and experimental films. It closed in September 2004 and has been converted into office space.

It re-opened in July 2009 as a multi-use venue, known as the AED Globe Theatre.

Contributed by Ron Miller (Ron3853)

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TLSLOEWS on May 18, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Well Mike as I said before I do not know of LOEWS policy on X rated films,but I worked both of these shows at both theatres and they were rated X I was there,who ever made those comments may have worked for LOEWS earlier than I did,this was in the late 70s and they may have revised their policy or just showed these a an experiment,also I do not remember us playing any NC-17 films.I am not confused about this issue.Remember LOEWS has been around over 100 years now and I am sure they changed their policys over the years as other chains did too.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm

You probably got out before NC-17 hit.If i ever the find the had to be on LOEWS Theatre i will let you know so you can comment about what the guy said.“LOEWS had a policy of no X-rated movies”.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 19, 2010 at 10:11 pm

i hope to see your Pictures on soon School is out in Augusta on friday So maybe she will get them on.I am still waiting for Nick to put a bunch of Pictures and ads on.

TLSLOEWS on May 20, 2010 at 12:04 am

I sent you another e-mail today let me know if you got it,it concerns the x-rated policy, I found a site that backs up my theory.

Giles on February 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I didn’t realize this, but the theatre has reopened as the AED Globe Theatre – as a multi-use space:

“On Friday July 24 (2009), the new AED Globe Theater in Washington, D.C. will open to the public with a benefit concert by three-time Grammy Award-winning singers Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The performance will help raise funds to support Ghana CEDEM, a Ghanaian NGO dedicated to improving the quality of education for Ghana’s children.

“Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s presence at the AED Globe Theater offers the community a chance to see superb performers in an intimate setting,” said Stephen F. Moseley, President of AED. “These talented musicians will be celebrating our new theater and AED’s place in the community and world.”

“This theater will host cultural programs, films, and discussions to encourage dialogue and bring the local community, and communities around the world, closer together,” Moseley added."


a few films of this year’s Environment Film Festival will be shown next month (March) at the theatre.

HowardBHaas on December 19, 2012 at 8:17 am

Is it still open? I don’t find a website.

mcpierogipazza on July 10, 2013 at 2:48 am

I liked this as Visions, which included a cafe and bar, but then the E Street cinema opened and seemed to ciphon off a lot of their business.

RSM3853 on December 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm

More films that played at the Embassy Circle from 1977 through spring 1980. 02/09/77The Sentinel 03/30/77Demon Seed 05/11/77The Car 06/15/77A Bridge Too Far 11/16/77Semi-Tough 02/01/78Liz 02/08/78Coma 03/22/78Blue Collar 04/26/78FM 05/24/78American Graffiti ® 06/14/78Jaws 2 10/04/78The Sound of Music ® 10/25/78The Wiz 06/06/79Phantasm 07/11/79Jaws ® 07/25/79The Wanderers 08/08/79Americathon 08/15/79Star Wars ® 09/05/79The House of Crazies 11/07/79The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh 02/15/80Cruising 03/28/80Jesus

51jc56jg on February 1, 2014 at 1:05 am

I want find out if someone remember’s the movie theater that was located on 5169 Wisconsin Ave.I only saw two movies there- The Exorcist(1973)and Raiders of the ark(1980).

squadoosh on July 3, 2014 at 5:54 pm

That was the KB-Cinema.

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