Love It or Hate It, Say Goodbye

It was a sad day for me when the Washington Post reported that the AMC Loews Dupont 5 Theater would be closing its doors for good on January 13, 2008. You see that’s my neighborhood theater and it takes me less than 10 minutes to walk there, so despite the uncomfortable seats, small screening rooms, and unfriendly staff, I’m truly going to miss it.

The trend in theaters has been moving from smaller venues to giant megaplexes – places where big groups of noisy people can go and see the latest blockbuster movies and sit in luxurious stadium style seating. With the Dupont Theater leaving, the only other choice (that I know of) for seeing whacky foreign films will be at the E Street Cinema, which is a great theater but not the easiest to get to.

When I asked my friends if they’d heard about the theater closing their reaction was either, “What?! No way! That sucks and is so not fair,” to “Eh, who cares. That place was a dump.”

What’s your reaction?

Photo by cyaneyed

5 Comments so far

  1. chris (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

    Even though it’s my neighborhood theater too, I never go there. The last time I saw a movie there was 4 to 5 years ago. it’s getting very expensive to see a movie, and it really tips the scales in a really sub-par theater.

  2. Tigidal (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

    For me, price is/was the reason for going there… It’s great to be able to stumble across the circle on a Sat/Sun morning for a cheap matinee.

  3. Megan (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 5:36 pm

    Uh, Max. What’s so difficult about getting to E Street? Take the metro!
    P.S. Other wacky films can be spotted at the AFI Silver or Landmark Bethsda Row.

  4. Max (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

    Megan, which is easier? Walking about 100 feet from the entrance of the Dupont Metro to the (soon to be closed) theater or walking to the Dupont Metro, waiting for a train, then walking down to the E Street Theater? It’s really not a big deal but to answer the question, it’s much easier for me to just walk to the Dupont Theater.

    I’ve never been to the AFI or Bethesda theaters but it’s good to know.

  5. sfw (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 11:02 pm

    The Avalon –

    The AFI Silver

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