Lighting Up the Screen Again
West End Cinema returns in the former Inner Circle Theater space on M Street
The new theater is made up of three theaters, with capacities of 95, 75, and 50 people. Projection booths are equipped with both modern and classic technology—high-definition digital projectors as well as 35-millimeter reel-to-reel projectors.
“It’s the old-school way to show movies,” said Levin. “This method of projection is easier on the prints. If filmmakers have only one print or they’re playing a classic film or fragile print, we can give it the TLC it needs.”
As for the content, West End Cinema will focus on first-run independent, documentary, and foreign films, but the owners are open to anything.
“We have a lot of room to experiment, so we can try out a lot of films,” says programming director Renee Tsao. “We can attract a smaller niche audience and still have a full house.”
This weekend’s screenings include the Sundance darling Howl, starring James Franco as poet Allen Ginsberg; the political documentary Gerrymandering; and the vampire flick Let Me In.
Refreshments will cater to a sophisticated palate—concessions include deli sandwiches and gourmet chocolate as well as a variety of beer, wine, and spirits.
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