Now nearly ninety years old, the nonprofit Avalon Theatre is a lot like a one stop shop for a great night on the town. Not only do you get a wide variety of choices in terms of a great date film (or, for that matter, a great non-date film) you can also enjoy a bite to eat at the sophisticated Avalon Theatre Café, which features locally roasted coffee from Swing and locally made ice cream from Moorenko.
First opened in 1923 in a northwest corner of Washington D.C., just across the border from Maryland, the Avalon Theatre has a little something for everyone. At its core, the Avalon is a theatre that specializes in unique indie, documentary and foreign film, but it also opens its doors to the biggest commercial films in current release. Fittingly, considering its location in the nation’s capital, the Avalon makes an effort to be the U.N. of movie theatres, by honoring films and filmmakers from various countries with monthly series like Reel Israel DC, French Cinematheque, Panorama in Greek Cinema, and Lions in Czech Film. The theatre is also host to Avalon in Focus, an event in which the theatre partners with organizations or filmmakers to host single-night premieres that are often followed by in-depth discussions and performances. (CC)
Avalon Theatre Information
- Public Transportation: Good (within a 5-minute walk from several buses around the Chevy Chase Circle area; and a 10-minute walk from the Red Line at the Friendship Heights Metro Station)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good. Personal PA devices for the hearing impaired are available upon request. The second-floor theater, Avalon 2, is not accessible at this time; however, the theatre is currently raising funds to install an elevator to rectify this problem
- Performances/Programs: Programming includes first-run commercial films, independent and foreign films, documentaries, film festivals, and special programs for families and seniors
- Ticket Prices: Adults $11 (Bargain Shows $7.75); Seniors (62+) $8.25; Students $9; Children (12 & under) $8; Avalon Members $6.75 (Seniors $5.75). Weekend Family Matinee prices vary
- Membership: Student ($35); Supporting Actor (Single $70, Couple $120); Actor (Single $140, Couple $235); Star (Single $300, Couple $500); Director (Single $1,000, Couple $1,500). Depending on level, member benefits include special member ticket prices or free admission; VIP access; advance ticket purchase options; discounts at local businesses; invitations to special screenings; and more.