Uptown Theater (Washington, D.C.)

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The Uptown Theater.
Uptown Theater (Washington, D.C.) is located in Washington, D.C.
Uptown Theater (Washington, D.C.)
Location within Washington, D.C.
General information
Type Theater
Location Northwest, Washington, D.C., United States
Coordinates 38°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
Completed 1936
Roof 171 feet (52 m)
Design and construction
Architect John J. 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 theater has hosted many Hollywood premieres and is widely considered "the best screen" in its metro area.[1] The theater was designed by architect John Jacob Zink, whose firm designed over 200 theaters across the United States. 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.

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.

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  1. ^ "AMC Loews Uptown 1". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-01-15. 
  2. ^ "MSN Movies". MSN. Retrieved 2007-09-17.