Tuesday, August 26, 2008

cinema 'n' drafthouse opens next month in wheaton

Housed in the former P & G Theatres at Wheaton Plaza, the Montgomery Cinema 'N' Drafthouse will be opening next month.

Speaking of beginnings and Wheaton: the listservs are buzzing about Montgomery Cinema 'N' Drafthouse's "soft opening" September 19, with a formal grand opening in October, according to their website. Housed in the former P & G Wheaton 11 at Wheaton Plaza, this "6-theatre entertainment complex" will showcase everything from first-run movies to live comedy.

Drafthouse owner Greg Godbout wrote JUTP in May to talk about his theatre, which joins another similar venue in Arlington. I'd originally given him a little flack about not acknowledging that the Cinema 'N' Drafthouse is in Wheaton, though their updated "About" page replete with maps, diagrams and directions to the place.

Although I've never been to the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, I'm looking forward to what's in store for Wheaton. Between this new theatre and the AFI, Bethesda is becoming increasingly irrelevant to the East County resident seeking cultured films and alcohol.


Thomas Hardman said...

Cultured films? In Wheaton? Wowsers!

Alcohol you can get anywhere, but getting both together in a venue open to the everyday joe and jane, that's something special. Especially is it's quite possible to find parking in Wheaton.

I am so looking forward to this. Probably the place will get mobbed and be jam-packed, sending a signal that if you want to build it, they will come... even to Wheaton. Perhaps even especially to Wheaton.

What next, a Revitalized Aspen Hill? Not holding my breath on that.

gregestrada said...

this place has shut down-- but if you still want to see live standup comedy shows like they had at the Drafthouse you can check out our weekly show in Bethesda:

Live standup comedy show
Laugh Riot at the Hyatt
5 local comics
$25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show
Every Saturday night
8 to 10 pm
$10 Cash Admission
Hyatt Regency Bethesda Hotel
One Bethesda Metro Center
7400 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814