West End Cinema Opens Tomorrow (Oct. 29th)

We first heard about the West End Cinema in August. Thanks to a reader for sending the heads up that they open tomorrow. They are located at 2301 M Street NW. Their Web site says:

We. Love. Movies. We love them. From summer blockbusters to offbeat indie dramas, we want to see them all. But here in Washington, we realize that all those art house, off-the-beaten-path kinds of films can be hard to find. The reason for this is simple: there just aren’t enough art house, off-the-beaten path kinds of theaters to show them. That’s where we come in. We rallied a team of dedicated film buffs around us, found a deserted theater just begging for a makeover, and brought West End Cinema to life. We show independent, foreign, and documentary films, especially ones that we feel offer new intellectual and cultural perspectives to our audience.

The films themselves are obviously the point, here, but as we all know, great amenities can really be the cherry on top of your Sunday night at the cinema… or better yet, the olive in your martini. West End Cinema offers a full bar and a wide range of concessions, from popcorn to baklava to gourmet sandwiches. And yes, yes, we also have candy.

The first film being shown is Howl with James Franco. If anyone checks them out be sure to send me an email and let me know what you thought. The place sounds very very promising.

11 Comment

  • Good luck, West End. I don’t think DC can keep another art house theater in business, but I hope I’m wrong.

  • You had me at full bar.

  • Reminds me of the 18 years I lived around Dupont and could walk to several movie houses within blocks. Charlie Rose then lived in the neighborhood when he had a late-night show from CBS at 2020 M. Rose was a familiar site at the West End.

  • This sounds great! I miss having a movie theatre in Dupont (and this is close enough for me). Will def check it out when they screen “Kings of Pastry” in Nov.

  • I will do everything in my (albeit limited) power to make sure WEC is a raging success.

  • I’m psyched too and hope that they get a ton of business. I frequent E Street but welcome another option in that part of the city!

  • E street is not “hard to find”.

    But the more the merrier as long as having two art houses somewhat near each other don’t put both out of business.

  • I used to live near there in the late 90s – early 2000s. It was a movie house then, and it was awesome!!! Never really full, kind of secluded… There’s a grocery store across the street that is small, but excellent. I get to relive my glory days in foggy bottom!!! Sooooooo psyched!!!

  • The fact that it’s kind of close to GWU can’t hurt matters either. I know I’ve lost track of a lot of good art-house cinema since the college days.

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