When it opened in 2010, D.C.’s West End Cinema was hailed as an independent film lover’s oasis in a city of looming megaplexes. Five years later, rising costs plus massive shifts in the District’s movie market have forced this little-theater-that-could to shut its doors. We explore the future of independent movies — and moviegoing — in our region as big names such as Angelika, ArcLight and even Netflix take bigger bites out of the market.


  • Josh Levin Co-founder and General Manager, West End Cinema
  • Ann Hornaday Movie Critic, The Washington Post

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