Angelika Pop-Up: A Preview of Upscale Movie Viewing in Union Market

11 Dec
Premovie Lounge at Angelika Pop-Up Theater

Premovie Lounge at Angelika Pop-Up Theater

D.C. has needed more and better movie theaters, especially in the eastern part of the city.  Earlier this year, if you lived east of downtown, the choices were traveling across the city to Georgetown, going to the nice but limited E Street Cinema, viewing a movie in the rundown Regal Cinema in Gallery Place, or going to the suburbs.  Edens promised to change all of this by announcing it would put an upscale Angelika Film Center in the second phase of its Union Market building.  However, that permanent theater will not be built for several years.  In the meantime, Edens converted part of a building the company owns a block north of Union Market into a pop-up movie theater to preview the future permanent theater.  The pop-up currently offers around four different films with multiple showings throughout the day.  There is a mix of recently released mainstream films, indie films, and classics (including It’s a Wonderful Life before Christmas).

Concessions Stand at Angelika Pop-Up Theater

Concessions Stand at Angelika Pop-Up Theater

It appears that many people in the area do not realize that there is now a movie theater in the Union Market/H Street/Capitol Hill region.  On our first weekend visit to Angelika Pop-up, the theater was deserted.  Yet, even as a temporary pop-up, this theater is not your average theater.  People usually think of movie theater food as oversized sodas, super buttery popcorn, and maybe nachos.  Angelika takes movie theater food to a different level.  Imagine craft beer, wine, cheese, ice cream, and other gourmet snacks.  There is a lounge area right next to the concessions stand with couches and comfortable chairs for movie goers to hangout before the film.  There are also hightop tables with bar stools.  The walls are lined with a mix of retro and new movie posters.


The larger and permanent Angelika Film theater may be several years away but definitely check out the Angelika Pop-Up theater in the meantime.

This post is part of District Cuisine’s Union Market series.  You can view the entire series here.


One Response to “Angelika Pop-Up: A Preview of Upscale Movie Viewing in Union Market”


  1. Union Market Series: A Preview of the Future | District Cuisine - December 11, 2014

    […] spots in the Market that you are probably overlooking right now (A. Litteri Italian market and Angelika Pop-Up Theater).  Finally, we will examine some of the big questions regarding how the area is developed and look […]

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