— West End Cinema (@LTWestEndCinema) March 24, 2016
Larger screens and a “revamped” concession menu are in the works for West End Cinema, which reopens after renovations on April 1.
West End Cinema (2301 M St. NW) closed temporarily about two weeks ago, according to the company’s social media accounts. When it reopens in less than two weeks, the theater will feature plush leather seating, bigger screens and an expanded concession and alcohol menu.
West End went out of business about a year ago, only to reopen under the ownership of theater chain Landmark months later. Landmark Theaters also owns the E Street Cinema, Atlantic Plumbing Cinema and Bethesda Row.
Landmark Theatres will reopen West End Cinema (2301 M St NW) later this month, according to a sign recently posted on the theater’s window.
New employees are currently being hired to prepare for a soft opening on July 17, an employee working at the former West End Cinema location said today.
A Craigslist ad seeking part-time staffers was posted last week.
West End Cinema closed last March amid “significant increases” to occupancy costs, reported the Washington Post.
Landmark Theatres is a national theater chain that owns the E Street Cinema downtown and the Bethesda Row Cinema in Bethesda.
In addition to West End, the theater chain also plans to open a new theater in the Atlantic Plumbing Project development on V Street NW on October 9, as reported by the Washington Business Journal in November.
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From Michelle Lancaster
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