DC’s Visions Cinema Bistro Bar To Close Tomorrow

posted by JodarMovieFan on September 23, 2004 at 8:19 am

I received an email today, part of the weekly programming newsletter, that Washington, DC’s Visions Cinema Bistro Bar (formerly the Loew’s Embassy Theater) will be closing this weekend after four years of operation. It seems they were losing a lot of money for the last year and a half. Here is the email text received today:

‘September 21, 2004

To all of our Friends, Neighbors and Founding Members:

Recently there have been many rumors circulating that Visions bar noir is going to close. Sadly, we must now confirm that the rumors are true.

Visions will be closing its doors this Thursday at midnight after four amazing years of operation. While our financial success in the last year and half was not what we hoped, we are proud to have played an important part in the renaissance of intelligent, independent film in Washington, DC. Our continued artistic success and the support you have shown for our many innovative programs proves that Washington cares about quality, value-added programming. THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF THE VISIONS FAMILY!

To celebrate our dear staff, customers and investors and the special role that Visions has played in the community, we would like to throw one last party to thank everyone whose hard work and commitment to the arts helped us to make a go of it in the first place.

We hope you will join us this Sunday night, September 26, from 6 pm to 2 am, as the Visions community comes together for one final blow-out party at the theater. This party is free and open to the public. In typical Visions style we will be having special events — we will be selling movie posters, our cool film reel chandeliers, our curtains, and we will even auction our bar noir sign to the highest bidder in order to help cover our final payroll.

Please plan to join us Sunday, share some fond remembrances and say farewell to our unique venue. And again, on behalf of all of us at Visions, thank you!'

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