The Old Visions Movie Theater to Become a Flywheel Cycling Studio in Dupont

1927 Florida Ave, NW

The Post Express finds out who’s taking over the former Visions Theater (briefly AED):

“The studio, slated for 1927 Florida Ave. NW (formerly the home of Visions Cinema Bistro), will be Flywheel’s 33rd location.”


Flywheel’s website says:

“This is the workout for you.

Whoever you are.

The workout that offers a chance to achieve something more.

The step up onto a custom engineered bike.

And ride as hard as you dare.

The Flywheel indoor cycling ride includes climbs and descents, while working arms with weighted bars. It’s an amazing escape that challenges your body and relaxes your mind.

Our music playlists are choreographed to each class and make the time fly.

Our instructors lead the way, suggesting target resistance levels and RPM’s to strive for. But YOU decide exactly what’s right for you by controlling the technology on your bike. And your performance stats are made available in your private account on our website.

You’ll ride just once before you understand completely, “Why Flywheel?”

always taunts me

19 Comment

  • I haven’t been to that theater in over 25 years. As a kid it was the only theater I could walk to and so, used to go there all of the time.

  • I guess the word “studio” means you can charge more than a “gym”.

  • Anyone know why this sat empty for so long. When I moved to DC 5.5 years ago, I lived two blocks from here and the theater was already shuttered. It’s absurd that it was unused for so long.

    • Certain spaces in D.C. seem to stay empty for long periods for no apparent reason. The CD/record store DCCD on 18th Street in Adams Morgan closed circa 2002 or 2003 (I think), and the space is still vacant 11-12 years later. (It’s the space on the northern corner of the entrance to the Hoffman Lofts parking garage, across the alleyway from Little Shop of Flowers or whatever that space is now.)

    • It has not been shuttered. It has been used by FHI 360 (& formerly AED) since 2010. It’s held several events including TEDx forums, conferences, film screenings, etc. Unfortunately, it looks like not enough was done to get additional external use and most likely cost-cutting factors has made FHI 360 reconsider the use of this theater.

      • AED was a financial basket case when FHI360 took over, with State Dept as the midwife. They probably were stuck with this as part of the lease for the Universal North space and it took them awhile to find a sublet or a buyer for the lease. I went to something there a couple years ago.

  • Holy crap that place is expensive. $375/month?? I’ll stick with WSC classes and my downloaded spin workouts. Eesh.

    • And my bike! Which I finally paid off so now riding is FREE!!! Plus, after two months at Flywheel, I could’ve just bought another one.

  • Sad that it couldn’t be made into a performance space.

  • how difficult are these classes?
    i ride on the streets & trails a lot and people always tell me how hard one of these classes would be for me
    … i doubt that they are easy but i also thing actually riding a bike is more difficult
    kinda a free weight vs machine lifting imo

    • cycle classes can be very intense. i ride my bicycle a lot and take spin classes quite often. but on a bicycle, it’s hard to replicate the terrain and drills i face in class. you can definitely do it. who are these people telling you that you can’t?? it’s not easy to do weights while riding though- i find i tend to slow down if i try. so i don’t even bother. it’s enough of a workout without weights. you make it as hard or as manageable as you want. spinning is a great workout- i highly recommend it! (but maybe not for $30/class!)

  • I miss the old Embassy Theater, which preceded Visions. It’s sad that there are no movie theaters in Dupont anymore. (Oh – I always forget the reopened Westend.)

  • I miss Visions!! Are there any theaters besides E St where one can drink alcohol & watch a movie?

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