The Anjelika Pop-Up Debuts in DC


The movie theater landscape in the Nation’s Capitol continues to shift as more and more competitors seek to mine the rich, diverse entertainment population. The latest movie chain to stake out their claim is non other than the Anjelika, who launch their brand new Pop-Up this Friday.

The Angelika Pop Up Film at Union Market will open as a three screen micro-cinema located in the growing Union Market district. Serving as the DC hub, The Angelika Pop Up Film at Union Market will offer a signature mix of specialty film programming and unique events during the development of the permanent Angelika Film Center expected to open in late 2015 at Union Market.

A comprehensive tour of the new facilities offers a cozy cinematic environment that provides moviegoers with the amenities of the much larger Anjelika Mosiac in Northern Virginia with DC flourishes that make it uniquely comfortable for the Capital City.

A comfortable lounge area featuring a wall of posters of movies made in DC provide the ambient stripped-down elegance that is simultaneously inviting and accessible. Additional classic posters line the back wall providing a history and context celebrating the rich past of classic and independent film.

IMG_20140609_182108Posing next to one of my cinematic action heroes, Richard Roundtree’s Shaft’s Big Score poster.

image (1)The bathrooms remind you of Hollywood history with pictures from the Golden Era of films.


A rendering of the Angelika Film Center coming to Union Market late in 2015. 

A brief tour of the theaters offers the viewers an intimate environment, coupled with a strong lineup of films and amenities, that should whet their appetite for the arrival of the opening of the new, larger facility next year. Each theater holds between 50-60 seats with excellent site lines, which were perfect for a test screening of one of my favorite foreign-language films, last year’s Oscar winner, The Great Beauty.

This new multi-screen cinema will combine the most cutting edge presentation technology with elements of luxury and comfort in stylish surroundings reflective of the creative spirit existing in Union Market. The Angelika Pop Up Film at Union Market will satisfy a growing demand for unique entertainment to complement the Market’s vast culinary offerings.

The four films programmed for the micro-theater are Mike Myers’ directorial debut Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (opening June 13), a 20th anniversary screening of Patrice Chéreau’s Queen Margot (opening June 13), the Brooklyn urban dance doc Flex is Kings (opening June 20), and Martin Provost’s Violette (opening June 27).

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The Angelika Pop Up Film at Union Market opens to the public on Friday, June 13, 2014