March 16, 2020 1 min read 1 Comment

The Uptown Theater, the last of the District’s grand movie palaces and a beloved destination for generations of Washingtonians, has closed its doors, leaving a void for cinephiles who yearn for fresh popcorn and a screen as vast as the horizon.

AMC Theatres, operator of the 84-year-old theater, shuttered Thursday after its last showing of the Pixar film “Onward,” surprising the family that for four decades has owned the Art Deco landmark on Connecticut Avenue NW.

“Of course I’m upset,” said Ted Pedas, who, along with his brother, Jim, were the owners of the Cleveland Park theater before passing much of their interest to Ted’s three children a few years ago.

“I hate to see any movie theater close,” he said. “It’s in your blood. I love that theater.”

Pedas, 88, said he received no explanation from AMC, which was approaching the end of its lease March 31. He fears that no entity will step forward to operate the 800-seat Uptown as a cinema because streaming services have made it difficult for theaters to earn a profit.

Read more here:  The Washington Post


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John Tashjy
John Tashjy

March 19, 2020

I saw “2001” in 70mm many times there over the years, and I actually worked there as a projectionist during the 1993 runs of “Jurassic Park” and “The Fugitive.” It’s hard to imagine D.C. without the Uptown.

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