For being a place that’s thoroughly awful to stage a movie in, DC is a city that absolutely loves its movies. We’ve got the gorgeous Uptown from the heyday of movies, we’ve got AFI’s theatre in Silver Spring, and starting construction soon, we’ll have the Warner Brothers Theater at the National Museum of American History.
Warner Brothers donated $5M this week to NMAH to renovate their current theatre to a state of the art palace of film and movies. The theatre will feature both film and digital projection technologies and will also have the capability for 3D movies to be shown, but it’s also going to have the ability to show original 35mm film, which is something everyone should be excited about. Perhaps we can convince the Library of Congress to have showings there with films kept in their amazing archive in Culpeper?
Timeline for construction of the theater isn’t yet being discussed, but we’ve asked Smithsonian for clarification and we’ll get back to you with what we find. If I can make a small suggestion, though, Smithsonian and Warner Brothers, go art deco with the theater. Make it big and beautiful.