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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 11/10/2010

The District's evolving movie scene

By Rob Pitingolo

Last weekend I walked out of the Uptown Theater in Cleveland Park after seeing "Fair Game." The movie was good, the theater was great. I've loved going to movies for as long as I can remember. One thing I've come to realize is that films alone don't make an experience; the place you see them and the people you see them with matter, too.

Washington has some great places to catch a movie. Aside from the Uptown, I can always find an interesting independent film downtown at the E Street Cinema. And for mainstream blockbusters, I've generally found the AMC in Georgetown to be accommodating.

Unfortunately, the city lacks great locally owned and operated movie houses. So I was excited to hear about the opening of the West End Cinema -- an old cinema reopened as a local theater showing a lineup of independent films. At first glance, what seems to make the new cinema different from one of the Landmark theaters is its willingness to screen riskier and lesser-known independent films -- the kind of movies you might otherwise only get a chance to see at a festival.

I'm really hoping the new cinema picks up local titles like "Below the Beltway" that are great fun to watch but not always easy to find.

Rob Pitingolo blogs at Extraordinary Observations. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Rob Pitingolo  | November 10, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network  
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