When the Majestic and the Silver Theatre opened in 2004, there were ten glorious months in which a filmgoer in Silver Spring had a choice of thirty-three screens within a single city block, but of course this could not be sustained. And it was the City Place 10, already out-of-date barely a decade after it opened, that would bite the dust.
A (work-related) tour of City Place Mall yesterday culminated in a visit to the AMC City Place 10, looking much like it did when it unceremoniously closed five years ago. Silver Spring's lost a fair amount of its history (miss you, Armory) through redevelopment, but this is one piece of its recent past that's been basically preserved in amber.
Everything is there: the awful pink-and-green color scheme, the chairs in the auditoriums (intact, and still usable, as I can attest from sitting in one), even the popcorn machines at the concession stand. What most people who visit City Place haven't seen is that the place has basically become a greenhouse for the rest of the mall, with all of its potted plants stored in the theatre lobby. Aside from that, the theatre's in such good shape that you could screen The Matrix tomorrow and no one would think anything of it.
So check out these fuzzy, camera-phone photos of the City Place 10 That Was. Do you have any fond memories of this place? Can you make some up just to feel the sweet embrace of nostalgia?