Facing a four-month auditorium renovation, Friends of Greenbelt Theatre began leasing 125 Centerway (next door to the original theater) on April 1 in order to convert it into a temporary screening room (the Pop-up at the Old Greenbelt Theatre) to be able to continue daily screenings of first-run films.
Pop-up: (adjective) denoting a store or other business that opens quickly in a temporary location and is intended to operate for only a short period of time.
The Pop-up at the Old Greenbelt Theatre is a 40-seat microcinema, with a temporary buildout of draperies, plush chairs, and cup holders, combined with sound baffling and acoustic paneling to improve sound quality. It isn’t quite the experience of our main auditorium, but will allow our audiences to continue enjoying our great programming uninterrupted during the renovation period.
The Pop-up will continue to operate through the 2019/2020 Oscar season so that we can get through this fall and winter movie bonanza with twice the films, twice the Oscar nominees, and twice the special programs.
In Spring 2020, we will temporarily close the Pop-up to fully renovate 125 Centerway into a permanent, state-of-the-art screening room and educational space to be home to our Media Arts Literacy Lab. This project is collectively known as our Beyond the Screen Initiative.
Where do I get my tickets and concessions if I’m seeing a show in the Pop-up?
The renovations impact our main auditorium only! OGT’s lobby, concessions counter, and restrooms remain open. When you come to see a movie, you’ll enter the lobby, purchase your tickets and concessions there, then head next door to enjoy the show.
Please note: Our first-run films and Stage on Screen series will continue screenings in our Pop-up cinema, but our free programming (Monday Matinees, School’s Out!, and Storytime on Screen) will be held off-site to accommodate larger audiences. Please pay close attention to locations in our weekly showtime announcements and on our calendar.
Should I pre-purchase my tickets?
Yes! Moving from a 363-seat auditorium to a 40-seat microcinema, we’re anticipating selling out our seats on a more regular basis. We recommend patrons pre-purchase tickets for the showtimes they plan to attend. During the main auditorium renovation, members will get early access to all showtime tickets (two days before the general public).
Does my membership at OGT apply to showtimes in the Pop-up?
Yes! OGT members will continue to enjoy $6.50 tickets for all showtimes. In addition, during the main auditorium renovation, members also get early access to all showtime tickets (two days before the general public). When we reopen in the main auditorium, OGT members may purchase $6.50 tickets for either screening area.
Are there restrooms in the Pop-up?
There are two restrooms available in the Pop-up (including one that is wheelchair-accessible), but neither restroom has been fully renovated. To avoid lines (and for a more pleasant experience), we recommend that you use the main theater’s multi-stall restrooms before and/or after the film.
Will the Pop-up have hearing/visual assistance like the main auditorium?
The Pop-up is fully ADA compliant, like our main building. We have installed new technology next door that will allow us to provide the same accommodations that exist in our main auditorium with closed captioning, audio amplification, and descriptive video service. You’ll continue to request these devices at our concessions stand.*
Our Sunday Open Captioned (OC) matinee will also continue in the Pop-up whenever the studio includes an OC version of the film.
*Accessibility features are always dependent on what the distributor provides to us with the film. What is available is always listed on the film’s page on our site and in our weekly showtimes email (scroll down to “Get Our Emails” to sign up).
Is the Pop-up wheelchair accessible?
The Pop-up is fully ADA compliant, like our main building. There are wheelchair spots available in the Pop-up cinema, and the primary bathroom is wheelchair accessible.
What is the overall timeline for renovations?
- Summer 2019: OGT screens daily films at the Pop-up, with occasional off-site programming (Monday Matinee, School’s Out!, Storytime on Screen).
- Fall 2019: Main auditorium re-opens, and the Pop-up continues operations.
- Spring 2020: The Pop-up closes for renovations for Beyond the Screen Initiative (permanent build-out).
- Fall 2020: Screening Room and Media Arts Literacy Lab officially opens. OGT is now a two-screen theater!