Lee Highway Multiplex Cinemas

8223 Lee Highway,
Fairfax, VA 22031

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Previously operated by: National Amusements

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Lee Highway Multiplex Cinemas

The Lee Highway Multiplex Cinemas was built on the site of the former Lee Highway Drive-In. This theater had fourteen screens. Four screens are large, six are small and the rest are medium in size. It had digital sound and played first run movies.

Operated by National Amusements, the theatre was closed on January 11, 2009. It was demolished and the Angelika Film Center was built on the site.

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Giles on January 18, 2009 at 4:15 am

but the planned IMAX screen over Tyson’s is currently stalled, if National Amusement’s did a complete revamp stadium seating, all digital DLP, non-digital IMAX they’d steal AMC thunder by a huge margine.

Giles on January 18, 2009 at 4:32 am

and if IMAX were seriousily in the cards, Merrifield could actually add on and/or build up an IMAX to two to three story dimensions, something the other IMAX-Digital auditoriums are lacking {i.e, height).

JodarMovieFan on January 18, 2009 at 7:25 am

Competition is good. AMC dominates the DC market now, for better or worse. Babette’s post may be conjecture, at best. Then again, if they open a Cinema deLuxe-style plex with IMAX, a REAL IMAX and not AMC’s IMAX-lite-type auditorium, what better experience would that be to watch movies. Maybe the food court offerings will be better, too, Cheesecake Factory, Maggianos maybe, instead of Sbarros? :) And, yes, I’d be willing to drive across the bridge and pay $13.50 to see a decent IMAX, a real IMAX movie if that is the case.

Giles on January 26, 2009 at 5:57 pm

according to an email I received from National Amusements, they are not remodeling nor are there plans on reopening the Lee Highway Multiplex – oh well.

Jtaylor83 on June 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Film piracy is killing our theaters. Universal Pictures, 20th Century FOX, Disney have leaked their films for hackers/pirates, before they were ever released to theaters. This must stop right now.

I’m going to have to go UM’s comment because all of our memories that were built on Lee Highway are being torn down for urban development so that the drug dealers and Hispanics can live in it. This is very wrong. I’m glad I moved to Georgia and i hope Carmike 8 Dublin doesn’t get converted into a church or something else.

JackCoursey on December 10, 2009 at 3:12 am

An interesting design and the last of its kind in the metropolitan DC area. Some parting shots from 2008: 1, 2

richmurphy on June 23, 2010 at 6:07 pm

From today’s Washington Business Journal: “Edens & Avant has begun tearing down the multiplex cinema off of Lee Highway in Merrifield to make way for the first phase of a planned 1.9 million-square-foot mixed-use redevelopment that will replace the theater and parking lots with a new cinema, grocery store, townhouse complex, hotel and office space. Called Mosaic, the $150 million project’s retail portion is two-thirds leased by companies including Target, Mom’s Organic Market and Angelika Film Center.”

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on October 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Too bad this theater is closing. I actually lived a few miles away in Dunn Loring in the mid 90s and spent a good amount of time here. By today’s standards, it’s pretty marginal… but it was solid back then. I’m pretty sure this is where I first saw Mallrats and Toy Story.

Giles on April 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm

an Angelika theater in Virginia!!! oh now that’s exciting news. Thumbs up!

Giles on July 24, 2012 at 5:46 am

oh hellz yeah! we have a date or thereabouts for the opening of the Angelika, since the website for Ron Fricke’s ‘Samsara’ will be shown there in 4K digital projection (!) starting September 21st … oh the anticipation!!!!!

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