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7 DC theaters you can actually booze in

Published On 08/21/2013 Published On 08/21/2013
7 Movie theatres to booze in

The idea of sitting through 127 hours of James Franco without booze, again, can really lead a man to drink. So, the next time you get duped into seeing such a flick, be sure you can appropriately slam brews throughout by going to one of these seven slosh-encouraging cinemas:

West End Cinema
West End
Playing a whole range of independent, foreign, and documentary films, this place's got the West End Cinema Film Lover’s Club, which you'll want to join to get free passes, discounts on movie tickets and treats, and advance notice on special events. And, if that doesn't do it for you, their full bar and draft list of Stella, Leffe Blond, and Hoegaarden should.

The Angelika Film Center & Cafe
This little angel-ika of a theater features eight auditoriums w/ floor-to-ceiling screens projecting indie flicks, which you can criticize and judge while sitting in "plush velour" chairs with cup holders perfectly suited to hold craft beers like Port City Optimal Wit, Bell's Amber, etc..

Avalon Theatre
Chevy Chase
This spot was originally opened in February of 1923 and called the "Chevy Chase Theatre", though you'll be the one getting lampooned if you ask, "Yo bro, where's Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters?", as this is an independent, nonprofit theater where sophisticated bros enjoy local crafts like Flying Dog, Dogfish Head, and Starr Hill.

E Street Cinema
The only downtown theater playing independent/foreign language/documentary films on eight luxury screens, E Street also classes it up with signature cocktails like the District Rickey w/ Green Hat gin/lime/soda, and a bourbon/Grand Marnier/orange bitters Better Than Fiction.

Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
Since 1985, the AC&D has been a unique combination of full restaurant, movie theater, and live entertainment. Here, you'll plop down into an oversized chair, drink pitchers of draft suds, pity-laugh at comedians, and catch movies for $2, or how much they might have cost in 1985.

Bethesda Row Cinema
The newly renovated Landmark theatre now boasts state-of-the-art features like a satellite feed for live events, digital projection, and RealD 3D. All of which will get REALLY interesting after you order a beverage off their secret menu, like the bourbon, muddled mint, lemon, and ginger ale "Summer Secret". Okay, sorry, that's now ruined, but the drink is still delicious.

Club Cinema at AMC
Friendship Heights
You'll actually want to be all up in this club, considering it's actually a bar between two auditoriums where everyone hangs out throwing back high balls (full liquor license!) and beers (it just felt like we should have something in parentheses here!) both before and after the movie.

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1. West End Cinema 2301 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037 (West End)

This joint plays a range of independent, foreign, and documentary films and features a full bar for your mouth's entertainment.

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2. The Angelika Film Center & Cafe Gallows Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031 (Fairfax)

With three stories of angular glass, it looks like the set from a dream in a movie even artier than Inception.

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3. Avalon Theatre 5505 Connecticut Ave NW, #226, Washington, DC 20015 (Chevy Chase)

This independent, nonprofit theater also serves up craft brews like Flying Dog, Dogfish Head, and Starr Hill.

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4. E Street Cinema 555 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Downtown)

This is the only downtown theater playing independent, foreign language, and documentary films on eight luxury screens -- complete with a full bar.

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5. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204 (Arlington)

This Arlington institution's been showing films, featuring live entertainment, and serving up bites at their full restaurant since 1985.

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6. Bethesda Row Cinema 7235 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814 (Bethesda)

This high-end theater boasts fancy screenage and a cocktail menu.

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7. Club Cinema at AMC 5300 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC 20015 (Friendship Heights)

This Friendship Heights cinema offers more than just popcorn: between the high-end screens and the full bar, you've got a whole night out in one place.