Cahiers du Cinema

A Journal About Film
The Circle Theater at 21st & Penn NW, DC

June 26, 2012


I’ve pulled out the old blog posts about movies, and start putting the cinema material here. You’ll no doubt notice that I’ve given this page the name of the journal where Godard, et al. got their start. I promise this is one of the few times I’ll use French.

I finally found a picture of the old Circle Theater at 21st and I NW. When we were first married we lived across the street in an efficiency with terrible plumbing. In 1968 we moved to 24th & H NW, but we still managed to go to the Circle on a regular basis.

The picture to the right is the Dupont Theater in DC. My film education took place mostly at the original Circle, but I have fond memories of this one too. I think I’d dated one or two other girls just prior to starting at GW, but I took a pretty red-headed girl, whom I always refer to as Liz, but who actually went by Elizabeth, to see a movie. As I recall I was short a dollar, and she had to lend me money. Afterwards we parked outside her dorm, and I did my first bit of serious necking. That’s one part of my education that we won’t be dealing with too much.

Strange, wanton women with flowing red hair are not the only ones that I associate with movies and theaters. There’s a picture of the Biograph Theatre at 29th and M NW. I took my wife there on our first date, and we saw Boudu Saved From Drowning. After the movie we walked up Wisconsin Ave, and stopped by this store that had a sitar in the window, and had our first kiss. Afterwards we walked back to her apartment, stopped off at Gillie’s 21, the liquor store adjacent to the Circle, where I bought a bottle of chianti. We drank the wine, but didn’t have liver or fava beans.

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My older posts about movies:

2007 Blow-up
Mail
Ratatouille
Hamlet
Trouble
Caesar
Bonzo
Dames
7th-victim
2008 Blossoms
holiday-affair
Camelot
standing-still
godless
majority
quantum
thousands
Nancy-dreew
Cheyenne
I-take-this-woman
gun
heaven
connie
bfs-daughter
wheeler-dealers
2headed-spy
4daughters
Sea-hawk
limelight
this-could-be-the-night
gay-divorcee
tight-spot
It-had-to-be-you
Liberte
Reveille
Red-shoes
Thunder-rock
Hoffman
October
2009 johnny-gun
pre-code
The Great OMalley
crime-school
street-scene
2ndChorus
tempest
model-shop
3loves
La-ronde
compulsion
slight-case-of-murder
Angels With Dirty Faces
grapes-of-wrath
7th-veil
love-letters
wise-girl
you-belong-to-me
Foyle
Sullivan
I am A Fugitive From a Chain Gang
hangmen
big-country
green-pastures
neitzsche-wept
trek-2009
10commandments
jack
naked-truth
phantom-toolbooth
Phaedra
fair-weather
Guy-named-joe
Theodora
swing
Cluny-brown
Mystery-street
scarface
2010 fountainhead
cherry
Bad-girls
song-of-the-south
carmen
Bell-book-candle
Marnie
2011 Band-of-angels
Sahara
2012 soviet-film
noir-x-5