We’ll be Watching Movies on Wall-to-Wall screens near Nats Park in 2018 and eating Pizza Soon


From a press release:

The first new cinema complex to be developed in the southeast quadrant of the District of Columbia will be located at The Yards. The lease signing by Showplace Icon Theaters was announced today by Forest City Washington, master developer of The Yards.

The 16-screen, all-digital, premium cinema complex with approximately 1,500 seats will occupy 66,400 SF in a new building to be constructed on a site that is currently used by DC Water on N Place SE, one block east of the Washington Nationals’ ballpark at the western edge of The Yards. Each theater in the new Showplace Icon at The Yards will feature wall-to-wall screens and premium sound, deluxe leather recliner seats and reserved seating. The facility will also have exclusive VIP levels with adults-only access and tables for enjoying food and beverages inside the auditoriums. The theatre’s Lobby Lounge will feature a full bar, along with a tasty menu of appetizers, small plates, snacks and desserts for enjoying before, during or after the show. Showplace Icon at The Yards will also have its own integrated parking garage with 320 spaces, a premium convenience factor for cinema patrons.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2016 with opening projected for early 2018. Forest City has finalized a deal with the District of Columbia through the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development to acquire additional parcels that are adjacent to The Yards site along First Street SE. DC Water operations currently on those sites are to be relocated. The theatre construction start is dependent upon DC Water’s timetable for vacating that portion of the property.

“Showplace Icon will add an exciting new facet of high-end, cinematic entertainment to The Yards,” said Forest City President Deborah Ratner Salzberg. “It has been a complicated process to get this project to this point and we thank Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, the DC Government and DC Water for the wonderful cooperation and patience they have shown throughout this process,” she added.

This latest addition announced for The Yards comes as construction on the project’s third residential building is nearing completion. Arris, a 327-unit luxury apartment community located nearby at Fourth and Tingey Streets SE, will welcome its first residents in early 2016. Pre-leasing will begin this fall. Arris will also bring another 19,000 SF of street-level retail space to this growing waterfront neighborhood in the Capitol Riverfront district.
Across Fourth Street SE from Arris, construction is expected to begin in spring 2016 on a three- building residential project that will bring the first for-sale units to The Yards via a 140-unit condo building to be developed by PN Hoffman. Concurrent with that development, Forest City will develop a two-building, 190-unit apartment community. Both projects are expected to be completed by spring 2018.

The dining scene at The Yards continues to grow, as well. The latest concept from DC restaurateur Bo Blair‘s Georgetown Events is well under construction in the Lumber Shed on Water Street at Third Street SE. To be known as Due South, the new restaurant will feature a menu of southern-style cuisine when it opens this summer. In addition, a construction permit was issued recently for Nicoletta Pizzeria, a popular NYC pizza operation from Osteria Morini’s Chef Michael White. Nicoletta will operate its carryout service from two of the riverfront retail spaces beneath the overlook area in Yards Park.”

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  • If this area needs anything it’s more luxury residential. There’s no way that the Foundry (1 BR: $2400-3200) or Twelve12 (1BR: $2250-3125) was going to cut it.

  • I don’t understand why this is a suburban big box theater as opposed to a mixed-use development with some residences or a hotel atop, with ground-floor retail.

    • This is actually the urban solution. Check out JDLand’s more complete set of renderings: the site’s tucked away on an interior block, surrounded by blocks of mixed retail + residential (and one office block). The building’s already at the 100′ Height Act maximum, so no residential can be built above. It does include above-ground parking for 14% of the cinema’s seats, but adjacent sewer mains and floodplain make it tough to excavate here.
      As for why it’s a “big box,” cinemas like to have multi-screen sites for maximum flexibility in tailoring seating for different movies. You can either spread them all out on one level, as they do in the suburbs, or stack them up onto a smaller block to maximize walkability.

    • Oh, and there is ground-floor retail as well.

  • I moved from the Yards about 18 months ago to a place about 1/2 mile into Capitol Hill. Every time I bike through, there is another giant hole in the ground and two more cranes in the air! I was excited about Whole Foods, but I can’t beleive all the development in the last year.


  • Can’t wait!

    Should be awesome!

    By the time this is done, the Wharf re-development should be substantially complete, as should hundreds of other units scheduled to come online on the riverfront.

    Next step: pouring serious money into cleaning the Anacostia.

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