Uptown Theater (Washington, D.C.)

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The Uptown Theater
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Uptown Theater (Washington, D.C.) is located in Washington, D.C.
Uptown Theater (Washington, D.C.)
Location within Washington, D.C.
General information
Architectural styleArt Deco
LocationNorthwest, Washington, D.C., United States
Coordinates38°56′06″N 77°03′31″W / 38.9349°N 77.0585°W / 38.9349; -77.0585Coordinates: 38°56′06″N 77°03′31″W / 38.9349°N 77.0585°W / 38.9349; -77.0585
Roof171 feet (52 m)
Design and construction
ArchitectJohn Jacob Zink

The Uptown Theater, also known as The Uptown or AMC Loews Uptown 1, is a historic single-screen movie theater in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C.


Opened on October 29, 1936, the Uptown Theater has hosted many Hollywood premieres and is widely considered "the best screen" in its metro area.[1] The theater was the 14th theater built by the Warner Brothers in Washington, DC.[2] The theater was designed by architect John Jacob Zink, whose firm designed over 200 theaters across the United States. The exterior is constructed of yellow and red brick and the facade is partially faced in limestone fluted panels. The limestone features typical Art Deco motifs, including zigzag patterns and floral reliefs. The marquee includes streamlined aluminum bands. The main entrance to the theater is located below this marquee. Two one-story storefronts flank both sides of the theater entrances.[3] Nothing remains of the original decor. The theater originally seated 1,120, but a $500,000 renovation in 1996 decreased capacity to 850.

The Uptown has a curved, 70 feet (21 m) long and 40 feet (12 m) high screen, one of the largest in the area.

Uptown in Neon Letters
Detail of Uptown Theater sign

In December 2010, the theater's Norelco 35mm/70mm projector was dismantled and replaced with a Christie Dual-Projector 3D system for the opening of Tron: Legacy.

Film premieres[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "AMC Loews Uptown 1". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 15, 2007.
  2. ^ van der Tak, Jean (Spring 1994). "The Uptown Theater" (PDF).
  3. ^ Wood, Kathleen Sinclair (February 13, 1987). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Cleveland Park Historic District, Washington, DC" (PDF). National Park Service.
  4. ^ Sherrill, Martha; Thomas, Dana. "THE FILM, THE FLASH THE SMILE". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  5. ^ Roberts, Roxanne. "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DINOSAURS". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  6. ^ "MSN Movies". MSN. Retrieved September 17, 2007.
  7. ^ "An Oral History of the Uptown Theater". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2018-08-02.