Pike Theater

12109 Rockville Pike,
Rockville, MD 20852

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Previously operated by: National Amusements

Architects: William Mayne

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Pike Theater

The Pike Theater opened May 26, 1964 with Peter Sellers in “The Pink Panther”. It was located at the Rockville Shopping Center, with 550 seats, designed by architect William Mayne. It was opened independently. National Amusements tookover on January 1, 1973. It closed about 1988.

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Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

Giles on December 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm

there was a movie theater here? I honestly don’t remember seeing anything here, but did see movies now and then up the Pike at the Congressional 5.

sconnell1 on December 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm

The Pike theater opened on Wednesday, May 27, 1964 with “The Pink Panther” which opened in its local run with many other theaters after playing 9 weeks at RKO Keith’s in downtown D.C.

2ndStix on March 27, 2014 at 9:24 pm

This was pretty much the only big single-screen for miles in the 70’s. Got a lot of good mileage out of the Pike; endlessly stood in line in freezing weather there to see “Superman” in 1978; saw many other titles there as well — “Logan’s Run,” “Capricorn One,” “Star Wars” and finally “All of Me” in 1984. Had no idea “Car Wash” premiered there; that’s cool. (And thanks for the info, sconnell1.)

rivest266 on June 27, 2015 at 11:53 am

May 26th, 1964 grand opening ad in photo section

Mommer1964 on March 9, 2018 at 2:35 am

Hi rivest266, I looked for the photos you mentioned, and found nothing. How would I search for it? I first searched for Pike Theater photos, zero results (after skimming through the Photos page.) Then I searched in the Seach Photos bar for Pike Theater Rockville Maryland, zilch, & lastly,searched for May 26 1964, again, nada. Thanks so much!

Mommer1964 on March 9, 2018 at 2:43 am

I saw the Beatles movie “Help!” repeatedly there, just continuing to sit through all of the showings. Loved it! I think I saw “A Hard Day’s Night” there also. But I was only 10 years old, so my memory is is not great, at this point. I lived in Garrett Park Estates from Kindergarten through 6th grade, so I LIVED at that theater, going with my 2 brothers & my friends. Loved it, such happy memories ❤ Any

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