Wisconsin Avenue Cinemas

4000 Wisconsin Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20016

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Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon

Architects: David K. Mesbur

Functions: Conference Center, Office Space

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Wisconsin Avenue

Cineplex Odeon entered the D.C. market when it opened this six screener on December 18, 1987. Two auditoriums (4 and 5) have about 500 seats each, and screens that appear about 35 to 40 feet wide. The other auditoriums are smaller. Despite the merger into Loews Cineplex, the Cineplex Odeon name remained in the newspaper and on the marquee, as of the 12-05 announcement that it would be spun off prior to the merger with AMC.

The theatre closed November 30, 2006 and was converted into a Fannie Mae, offices and a Conference Center with the two large auditoriums (4 and 5). It was demolished in April 2021.

Contributed by Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 49 comments)

HowardBHaas on July 5, 2016 at 11:09 am

Yes, in your 11:05 AM post, I realized you mean CDS to be cinema digital sound. I’m more used to the brands & to my knowledge, DTS was the 1st, with Jurassic Park, which I saw at the Uptown.

Coate on July 8, 2016 at 1:40 pm

Here’s the link to my recently-completed “T2” 25th anniversary retrospective article that’s related to my recent comments.

JodarMovieFan on July 11, 2016 at 6:54 pm

Michael, after all the T2 discussion on the different DC venue pages and no mention of us? :P While it may have been too much to individually mention us, you could have collectively thanked the “Cinema Treasures Group” in your article. :)

Can’t believe its been 10 years since the place closed to the public and almost 30 years since it opened.

HowardBHaas on July 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Living in DC when it opened, I attended a movie “Broadcast News” here one week after it opened. I’m glad, JodarMovieFan, that I photographed it the year before it closed as my 4 photos are still the only ones on this page. I was there then to see “Munich”

SethLewis on July 12, 2016 at 6:55 am

Saw my first film in DC here Tommy Lee Jones in Cobb Appreciate the impact it had on DC residents but a pretty basic CO plex in my mind…Toojay’s deli around the corner a treat Went back and did Trainspotting and Brando in Island of Dr Moreau back to back

Loews Pentagon City more convenient for big studio pictures

JodarMovieFan on July 12, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Howard, this site is a better place with the pictures you and others have taken to better illustrate and preserve the memories of those movie venues that we have enjoyed that are gone. ^5. I thank you.

At least its nice to know this place is still there and could return to being a first run place.

Coate on November 3, 2016 at 11:06 am

JodarMovieFan: Per your comment of July 11th… I’m not likely to thank Cinema Treasures generically in my articles since I don’t consider it a source, per se (it’s certainly not a primary source). I would have included you in the article’s special thanks if you posted under your real name. Other Cinema Treasures contributors were thanked in the article. Email me….

JodarMovieFan on April 21, 2021 at 9:36 am

I drove by here on Monday, 4-19-21, and discovered they are tearing down the building. I took a picture of what I believe was the multiplex entrance and will send it in.

HowardBHaas on April 21, 2021 at 9:39 am

JodarMovieFan, yes, I read online a few months ago about building replacement! Please post photo. Hard to tell online where entry was. Was a nice multiplex.

rivest266 on April 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

This opened on December 18th, 1987, a very big day for Cineplex Odeon as they also opened the University 4 in Provo UT, the London Town Square in Calgary, AB, the CinĂ©mas Egyptien 3 in MontrĂ©al, QC, the Whitemud Crossing 6 in Edmonton, AB, the Newport Centre in Jersey City, NJ, the Golden East in Rocky Mount, NC and the Pantages, Sherway and Oakville Mews in the Toronto area. That’s 10 openings in the same day for Cineplex.

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