Photo via Twitter : Miracle TheatreBarracks Row has a new second-run movie theater and performance space.

Miracle Theatre (535 8th St. SE) will screen its first film tonight, the theater tweeted yesterday.

Owned by the National Community Church, Miracle Theatre shows a variety of major movies that have left first-run movie theaters, like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Kung Fu Panda 3.”

Check out the theater’s movie listings and buy tickets here.

Photo via Twitter / Miracle Theatre


Miracle Theatre (Photo via Google Maps)Miracle Theatre, a second-run movie theater and live performance space on Barracks Row, is planning to open in the next few months with family-friendly flicks and shows.

National Community Church, which owns the century-old theater at 535 8th St. SE, has not announced a specific opening date, saying only that it still plans on a fall opening. But in a recent interview with Hill Now, the theater’s general manager did offer more information about the church’s programming plans.

Juliet Main, the general manager of the theater, said the church plans to show movies and host live performances Thursdays through Sundays, with showtimes scheduled around religious services. The church, which has met in the theater since purchasing it in 2011, will continue to hold services at 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 and 10:30 a.m. and noon on Sundays.

The theater is looking to show a variety of major movies that have left first-run theaters, Main said. But children’s programming will be the focus of the theater’s screenings, she said.

“We’ll show mainstream movies,” Main said. “But to cater to the growing [number of] Capitol Hill families, we definitely plan to work in a good amount of children’s films and live performances. We know that families are always looking for more entertainment options and educational options for kids.”

The theater, which has only one screen, seats 370 people. Ticket prices have not been set yet, but they will be cheaper than first-run theater tickets, Main said. She added that the theater plans to serve classic movie theater fare of popcorn, soda, candy and other snacks.

During the week, the church will use the theater as a community meeting space, which it has done since it purchased the building.

“For the past four years, we have hosted school assemblies and some film screenings and community meetings and things like that,” Main said. “That won’t change, in fact we hope to host a lot more of those things.”

Photo via Google Maps


Burlesque performer (Photo via Facebook/Capital City Burlesque and Vaudeville Festival)

A festival of risque dancing, singing, acrobatics and magic is set to arrive in the District next year, with a sneak peek on the H Street corridor this week.

The Taste of the Capital, a preview of the Capital City Burlesque and Vaudeville Festival, is slated for 10 p.m. Friday at the Rock & Roll Hotel (1353 H St. NE). The event is the first of several fundraisers for the festival, which is scheduled for June 30 to July 3 next year.

Melina Afzal, owner of Palace Productions, which is helping put on the festival, said the goal of the celebration is to brand D.C. as a place for alternative arts and to put burlesque and vaudeville on the map. The festival will feature performers from the District, Maryland and Virginia.

“We really want to make this a community festival where everyone is participating and working together,” Afzal said. “We want to make sure people know this art form is strong and it’s here.”

Palace Productions, along with co-organizers Deanna Danger Productions and Gi2 Productions, will need to raise at least $6,000 in order to get plans for next year’s festivities off the ground, Afzal said. The event Friday is intended to be the first of many fundraisers.

“If we exceed our fundraising goals, the money will only go toward making next year’s festival more grand,” she said.

The festival will include several burlesque and vaudeville workshops and shows that will be open to the public.

“We’re really trying to showcase the arts and promote local performers,” Afzal said. “In a time when most people are turning to the Internet for entertainment, it’s important to get people out there to support live entertainment.”

Tickets for Friday’s fundraiser are available online.

Photo via Facebook/Capital City Burlesque and Vaudeville Festival


Showplace Icon at The Yards (Photo courtesy of Forest City Washington)

A luxury, 16-screen movie theater is scheduled to make its debut near Nationals Park in the next three years, a developer announced today.

The Showplace Icon at The Yards is expected to open to the public in early 2018 on N Place SE, according to Navy Yard developer Forest City Washington. The cinema will be a block away from Nationals Park in Navy Yard, which currently has no movie theaters.

The 66,400-square-foot Showplace Icon will sit in a new building on property that D.C. Water uses now. Construction on the theater is set to begin early next year.

The theater will feature reserved seating, leather recliner seats, a full bar and adults-only areas. The cinema can hold up to 1,500 moviegoers.

“From Yards Park to great restaurants and retail, the Capitol Riverfront has been re-energized,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement. “The addition of the Showplace Icon movie theater will add even more vibrancy to this thriving neighborhood. We remain committed to continuing this progress in all eight wards so residents and visitors continue to choose Washington, D.C., as the place to work, eat and play.”

Tony Kerasotes, chairman and chief executive officer of Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, said his company “couldn’t be happier” to put a cinema from its Showplace Icon brand in Navy Yard.

“We’re looking forward to introducing 21st century movie-going to the discerning audiences in the nation’s capital,” he said in a statement.

Photo courtesy of Forest City Washington


Feeling less than positive about love and dating?

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. will bring a performance about the joys and sorrows of romance to the Atlas theater on Saturday.

The “anti-love cabaret” show “Love Stinks!” will include songs from musicals including “Cabaret,” “Chicago” and “Avenue Q,” the chorus’s website says.

Tickets for shows at 5 and 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE cost $20-35 each.

The chorus will follow up the “Love Stinks!” shows with “Love Rocks!” shows near Valentine’s Day.

Video via Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C.


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