Flower Theatre

8725 Flower Avenue,
Silver Spring, MD 20901

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Previously operated by: K-B Theatres

Architects: Frederick L.W. Moehle, John J. Zink

Functions: Church

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Flower Avenue Playhouse

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Flower Theatre

This impressive Streamline Moderne jewel by architects John J. Zink and Frederick L.W. Moehle was opened on February 15, 1950 by the K-B Organization. The opening film was Bob Hope in “The Great Lover”.

K-B closed the Flower Theatre in 1979. It was taken over by an independent operator in 1980 and was twinned, re-opening on September 26, 1980. In 1983 two additional screens were built next to the original theatre. The two small theatres closed in May 1995 and the Flower Theatre closed in January 1996 because of flooding. It then become a church.

The church moved out in early-2008 and the building was ‘For Lease’. By March 2016 another church were leasing the building.

Contributed by Cinema Treasures, Steve Woerner

Recent comments (view all 34 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 3, 2010 at 1:29 am

A glimpse of the auditorium of the Flower Theatre on the cover of Boxoffice, October 7, 1950.

JodarMovieFan on February 3, 2010 at 6:42 am

I never knew the theater was that large in its original state. I only visited the venue as a twin as posted above. I notice the ‘flower’ design on the wall, hence the name! Looking back in that picture, there was at least one crying room. Interesting! Thanks for the picture link, Joe.

sott68 on March 2, 2010 at 11:54 am

What a dump this was. Went there mostly when it was a cheapie theater… rats running around… the screen in one theater was literally cut in half by expanding to 4 screens. One theater was the size of a bathroom. At least the movies were cheap and I remember the food to be inexpensive.

eblackman on August 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I remember in high school going with friends to see the horror movie witchboard summer 1987 and i also remember going to see Prince concert movie sign of the times. LOL

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm

The Boxoffice Magazine cover with the photo of the Flower Theatre’s auditorium that I linked to in an earlier comment has been moved. See it at this link.

JodarMovieFan on August 4, 2012 at 7:59 am

According to Friday’s, 8/3/12 edition of the Washington Post, there is a community meeting Sat, 8/4, to discuss the future of the theater and possible uses.

I’m thinking if it ever were to show movies again, aside from the necessary upgrades and ADA compliance, you’d have to have more then one screen here. Perhaps 3. The configuration could maybe support the main auditorium restored but capacity reduced from the original 800 to say, maybe 500. The crying rooms upstairs could be converted to the two additional screening rooms if they can be expanded to accomodate comfortable seating and larger screens.

rivest266 on June 21, 2015 at 11:35 pm

February 14th, 1950 grand opening ad in photo section

JodarMovieFan on March 30, 2016 at 10:13 pm

Driving by the theater the other day, I noticed that a Spanish language Pentecostal church is renting out the place as of now. The second pair of glass doors is painted over with Spanish words, while the right pair is open. Maybe one day, I’ll take some pictures if I can see deep inside. :)

DavidZornig on December 6, 2018 at 7:58 pm

2017 photo as Jesus Vida Igelsia Pentecostal Church added, credit John L. Vogel.

Trolleyguy on November 13, 2023 at 9:23 am

Big plans to restore the facade to attract tenants. facade

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