movie parking in Georgetown

I don’t normally get the day off, but since I’m in mourning, I figured what better way to honor President Ford’s memory than to catch a matinee in Georgetown this afternoon. So for the first time I noticed something unusual about Georgetown; all of the parking within a mile of the movie theater has a 2 hour limit! Let me take a moment to explain the concept of parking to the DC City Council…

You see, the idea is that the city provides parking for people so they can patronize local businesses, thereby providing much needed tax revenue and improving quality of life. But when the parking regulations are designed in such a way that it is completely impossible to actually use those local businesses, you are subverting the whole purpose of having parking at all. Sure, you might make some $$$ on parking tickets and kickbacks from overpriced parking garages, but you’re not really encouraging people to come to Georgetown.

Now, perhaps most of Georgetown Cinema’s daytime clientele are underage kids playing hooky from school and unemployed hobos looking to get out of the cold for a bit, but you’d think that occasionally someone with a car would want to see a movie during daylight hours. Since Georgetown made the decision to not have a metro station, the only way to get there is via automobile, and until we get those cool George Jetson folding spacecars, those cars will have to be put somewhere while we watch the movie.

I’d like to ask everyone to write the City Council and tell them to make at least some of the parking near the theater 3-hour parking, so people can actually watch an entire movie without being in violation of the law.

5 Comments so far

  1. BarBaz (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 8:35 am

    The Circulator goes there and it’s only a buck a throw. Plus, I seriously doubt that 2-hour parking is even remotely keeping people from going to Georgetown; it’s not like it needs to encourage anyone. Anyone driving to Georgetown (or any populated area in the city) PLANNING on finding street parking is insane.

  2. Stone (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 10:59 am

    The last time I actually parked in Georgetown (which was a year ago), they had three $5 parking garages in that area. The Lowes Theater down there had a discount if you validated your parking too. If not, you can always sneak a spot in the neighborhood if you don’t mind the walk.

  3. shelley (unregistered) on January 4th, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

    Um ok. 2 hour parking restriction is pretty much a citywide thing. Not sure what you want the city to do about it. by your logic the city should also allow 8 hour parking downtown to accommodate office workers. Look. pick a shorter movie next time, take a cab or the bus, or use the convenient parking garage underneath the theater or the three other garages within a couple blocks of the theater. Come one, if you’re too cheap to park in a lot then why would you even think of driving to Georgetown. Seriously, why?

  4. Jare (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

    The only way to get to Georgetown is by car? You have got to be kidding me.

    You’ve been living in the area of 10 years (according to your website), and you just noticed a 2 hour rule now? Do you ever come into DC? The 2-hour parking rule is there for residents – so residents like myself can park in the city where I live. I don’t see the need to provide free street parking for a Arlington resident when there’s plenty of decent transit. And the meters are for people who work there as well or have temporary business.

    The movie theatre isnt that far from either Foggy Bottom or Rosslyn Stations (15 minute walk at most for each). The DC Circulator will drop you off anywhere on M Street as well. The movie theatre has $5 parking as well.

    And seriously, if that’s THAT much of an issue, there’s a metro accessible theatre on Gallery Place, as well as one in Dupont and one on E Street. One of those has what you’re looking for, i’m sure.

  5. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

    I’m with Jare.

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