Uptown Theater celebrates 75th birthday

posted by Michael Zoldessy on November 9, 2011 at 11:02 am


WASHINGTON, DC — Without much fanfare, Washington DC’s last operating single screen but premier theater celebrated its 75th anniversary on October 29th. The theatre opened back in 1936 showing the movie “Cain and Abel” starring Clark Gable. A recent radio report from station WTOP can be heard here. Happy 75th Uptown!

(Thanks to Kevin H. for providing the photo.)

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JodarMovieFan on November 10, 2011 at 10:30 am

J. Edgar opens here on Fri., which should be interesting given the advanced word on this film. Eastwood is a very good director. I can’t believe he was robbed of at least an Oscar nomination for ‘Gran Torino’ back in ‘08, which I think was one of his best performances and directed film.

As for the Uptown herself, the theater has very pleasant memories for me way back in the 70-90s., when they booked 70mm. Too bad they do not do them anymore. At least the 3D conversion updates the venue, which isn’t cheap. Its viability is more likely now giving it more commercial opportunity to book those great 3D films of late..Tron Legacy and Megatron. ;)

Trolleyguy on November 10, 2011 at 10:56 am

BTW, the film that opened the theater was “Cain and Mabel.” A clever play on words.

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