Great news, DC film fans! The Washington Post reports that West End Cinema, which shuttered back in March, is reopening later this month!
West End was one of the area’s most beloved limited-run independent theaters, and its closure earlier in the year left a hole in the DC film market only partly filled by E Street Cinema, the Avalon, and the AFI Silver. High-end movie-going experiences like the new ArcLight, iPic, and Drafthouse theaters in the area crowded West End out of business. The closure also signaled the symbolic end of DC’s neighborhood theaters, which used to be everywhere.
Now, the Landmark Theatres chain has revived West End Cinema, still true to its goal as a small arthouse venue. Only two screens will be ready by the time it open on Friday, July 17th, but that’s a good start for getting this theater back off the ground.
The theater might be under new management, but we’re glad to see it back and operating!