Cinephiles, you have another indie film mecca headed your way. Angelika Film Center & Cafe, a boutique cinema whose original SoHo location has been a go-to for New York culture vultures since the late ’80s, is making its way to Washington. In September the eight-screen theater will open at Mosaic, a new urban district in Fairfax, and will begin screening independent, foreign, and specialty films.
Angelika has been serving Texan film fans in Dallas and Plano for more than a decade, hosting film festivals and special events such as “TV at Angelika,” which allows Dallas patrons to view award shows, sporting events, and TV programs for free. The new Fairfax location plans to do the same for the up-and-coming Mosaic, which combines a residential community with dining, retail, and entertainment complexes in one area.
Each of Angelika’s three current locations features a three-tiered chandelier with neon blue accents and an illuminated interpretation of the “winged face of Angelika.” The Fairfax location will be no different, and will also be home to a cafe, lounge, and concession stand offering food curated by chef Lee Anne Wong. A former Top Chef finalist and contributor to the Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats, Wong will develop a menu of global-fusion dishes for Angelika’s cafe and will put a spin on traditional snacks at the concession stand. Moviegoers have the option of enjoying their meals in the lounge or during the film, paired with one of the cinema’s beer or wine offerings.
While Fairfax might not seem like the most likely of destinations for an indie movie theater, it’s possible the developers were put off by the prevalence of alternative movie theaters in DC and Maryland. Landmark has locations on E Street and Bethesda Row, while the Avalon in Friendship Heights and the West End Cinema downtown both offer documentaries, low-budget films, and foreign movies.
The Angelika will be located at the intersection of Lee Highway and Gallows Road, not too far from the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro stop on the Orange Line. For more information, visit angelikafilmcenter.com.