Moviegoing is a magical experience. It’s an adventure involving popcorn, sweaty palmed hand holding, giant sodas, and squeaky seats. It’s been around since before Netflix, or Hulu, or your neighbor’s SHOWTIME Anytime password. It can all be traced back to the year 1905 when shop owners John P. Harris and Harry Davis projected the first nickelodeon in the interior of their Pittsburgh storefront. Storefront nickelodeons, such as this one, paved the way for the immersive cinematic experience we enjoy today.
As people’s tastes evolved, so did the locations which provided escape from daily life. Some newer theaters have leather-bound reclining sofa chairs, 3D, or IMAX technology. Consequently, many of the older theaters are less frequented. The edifices have either been demolished, refurbished, or bought out by completely different forms of business. 111 movie theaters have materialized in D.C. Today, only 16 remain. Curbed DC has compiled a list of 10 Washington, D.C., movie theaters that have transformed into something different or that are sadly no longer with us.Read More