Roth's Silver Spring West Theatre

8244 Georgia Avenue NW,
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Previously operated by: Roth Theatres, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Warren G. Sargent

Firms: Faulkconer & Proctor

Previous Names: Seco Theatre, Roth's Silver Spring Theatre

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Roth's Silver Spring West Theatre

The Seco Theatre opened on November 7, 1927 with Wallace Beery in “Fireman, Save My Child”. It was designed by architects Faulconer & Proctor and was equipped with a Robert-Morton 2Manual/4Rank theatre organ. By 1941, the Seco Theatre was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

The theatre was remodeled in 1953 by architect Warren G. Sargent and it was renamed Roth’s Silver Spring Theatre. Later changed to Silver Spring West to distinguish itself from the nearby Silver Spring East.

The Silver Spring West Theatre was closed in June 1991 and was converted into a church. It was demolished in November 2015.

Contributed by Stuart Martinez, Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

KurtL on August 9, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Now a church, what a waste! I worship movies…. LOL

sconnell1 on March 22, 2009 at 12:59 pm

The 1970 version of WUTHERING HEIGHTS, starring Timothy Dalton and Anne Calder-Marshall, opened at Roth’s on 2/24/71 and played there for 8 weeks.

sconnell1 on July 20, 2009 at 10:01 pm

On 9/1/52, the Seco began showing films only on Fridays-Saturdays-Sundays-Mondays until 9/21/52, when it closed. Its last attraction was a double-bill of MACAO and WACO. At that time the theater was part of the Stanley Warner theater chain.

The theater re-opened on 7/9/53 as part of the Roth’s theater chain and was re-named Roth’s Silver Spring. Their first attraction was the Italian film THE LITTLE WORLD OF DON CAMILLO. The film opened simultaneously at the Plaza and the Little, both of which were Roth theaters in downtown Washington, D.C. Each theater showed the film in a different language. Roth’s Silver Spring showed a dubbed English print. The Plaza showed the film in French with English subtitles, and the Little showed the film in Italian with English subtitles.

sott68 on February 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Saw Many movies here as a kid… great stuff! Batman (1989) and if I remember Sylvester Stallone had the premiere here for Rocky 4 in like 1985 or 1985. I worked at the East for a short time in 1985…
It was so great to live in Silver Spring in the 70’s and 80’s…

RickB on September 23, 2012 at 7:41 am

If I recall correctly this article was a very funny piece about riotous Saturday matinees at the Seco…but it’ll cost you $3.95 to find out if I was right.

rivest266 on June 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm

I read that NYT article through my library. What a bunch of little brats back then.

silverspringsingular on November 16, 2015 at 7:03 am

This was just demolished.

Giles on March 14, 2017 at 4:43 pm

I remember going here since my friend used to work here.

DavidZornig on December 6, 2018 at 8:28 pm

1960 Thanksgiving Day Parade photos added, credit Steve Michaels.

DavidZornig on December 18, 2019 at 9:34 am

Circa 1960 projection booth photo added credit Bob Robb.

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