Uptown stands alone as best in Washington

posted by Michael Zoldessy on July 24, 2009 at 7:50 am

WASHINGTON, DC — This post in the Examiner salutes the Uptown Theater and calls it Washington’s best.

For a native Washingtonian, this one’s a real no-brainer. As any local film connoisseur can tell you, the best place to see a movie in this area is the Uptown Theater located in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

There are many qualities that distinguish the Uptown, but the main attraction is the huge curved screen that stands 32 feet tall by 70 feet wide. The 840-seat capacity also boasts a large old-fashioned balcony. (In fact, the single best seat to see a movie in this area is middle of the front row in the Uptown balcony.)

Read more at Film 101.

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Comments (4)

bufffilmbuff on July 25, 2009 at 9:31 am

I agree that this is a real cinema treasure. I just hope that AMC takes care of it as some reports indicate projection quality has been compromised… or more dire that they might close the place. Probably for me the greatest visits have been for the 70mm restorations of such classics as LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, MY FAIR LADY, and VERTIGO. There are few theatres left, not just in the U.S. but the world, that can present a widescreen film like the Uptown.

carolgrau on July 25, 2009 at 8:57 pm

I was one of the projectionist there for a long time, I would hope they would keep it open, but one never knows what goes through thier minds. Great Theatre my 3rd all time favorite.

HowardBHaas on July 27, 2009 at 6:23 am

There’s no better theater (east of California)to see a movie than the Uptown! 1st run movies, movie premieres, classics (though no classics since AMC tookover).

MPol on August 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm

That’s a shame, although it’s leave it to AMC and other franchise chains like it to make it a point not to show classics at such theatres once these chain companies take them over. How sad.

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