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April 17, 2014

All of a Sudden, Everyone Wants to Build a Movie Theater

You’ve heard of food deserts, where neighborhoods are cut off from fresh food and groceries. A lesser-known cousin is the movie-desert, which could accurately describe the Capitol Hill area since the Union Station theaters closed in October of 2009. But just wait, we’re about to be awash in screens.

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The movie theater at Union Station closed in October 2009. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

First came last week’s news that Landmark Theatres is going to build a 10-screen theater, part of a larger retail and residential development, in NoMa at New York Avenue and N Street Northeast. Then this week, the Angelika Film Center announced it would open an eight-screener next to Union Market. These would go along with a planned development by Showplace Icon of a 16-screen theater near Nationals Park. Thanks to The Washington Post’s Capital Business for pointing all this screen madness out, as well as for its nifty graphic showing theaters of Washington’s past and present.

Whew. None of these screens will start digitally projecting for a few years now, but it looks like one won’t have to wait for summer and fall outdoor series to check out a movie near Capitol Hill soon. Now if we could just get someone to reopen the Penn Theater to movies …

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The Penn Theater on Capitol Hill is an architectural icon. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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