Since its opening in 1989, the Angelika Film Center in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood has become a cultural institution – one of the most well-known and highest-grossing dedicated arthouses in the US. From the downtown original to state-of-the-art boutique cinemas in Fairfax, VA and North Texas, the Angelika is the definitive American arthouse.
We’re bringing the Angelika to the heart of DC with an exclusive microcinema experience. The Angelika Pop-Up will serve as the interim DC hub for our signature mix of specialty film programming and unique events, through the development of a luxurious new full-scale Angelika Film Center, expected to open in late 2015 at Union Market.
ANGELIKA POP-UP OPENS AT UNION MARKET ON JUNE 13
WASHINGTON DC, May 20, 2014 – DC’s acclaimed Union Market and Reading International, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDI) have announced that the Angelika Pop-Up, a three screen micro cinema located in the growing Union Market district, will open on June 13, 2014. The Angelika Pop-Up will serve as the DC hub of Angelika’s signature mix of specialty film programming and unique events during the development of the permanent Angelika Film Center expected to open in late 2015 at Union Market.
As announced in late 2013, Reading International signed a lease for an Angelika Film Center in Union Market. This new multi-screen cinema will combine the most cutting edge presentation technology with elements of luxury and comfort in stylish surroundings reflective of the creative spirit existing at the Market, an artisanal, curated year-round food market featuring over 40 local vendors. While this new state-of-the-art Angelika Film Center is scheduled to open at Union Market in late 2015, the Angelika Pop-Up will satisfy a growing demand for unique entertainment to complement the Market’s vast culinary offerings.
“The vibrancy and creativity of Union Market make it a perfect home for the Angelika Pop-Up,” says Ellen Cotter, chief operating officer of the US Cinema division of Reading. “And we are honored that our state-of-the-art Angelika, in development now, will be part of the continued re-shaping and transforming of this important area of Washington, DC.”
“Our vision for Union Market is to create a place that brings together the innovative and creative community of DC,” says Jodie McLean, President and Chief Investment Officer of EDENS, developer of Union Market. “The caliber of the Angelika’s programming and their overall commitment to emerging and established filmmakers from both here and abroad makes them the ideal partner for Union Market and the surrounding DC neighborhood.”
For the Pop-Up, a raw warehouse space was converted into three intimate screening rooms. This will offer an immediate venue for the culturally-rich DC community to enjoy not only a range of independent, foreign and specialty films, but also specially tailored film-based events, panels and unique alternative content. By providing opportunities to connect with the films and each other, the Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market aims to support a creative community of local, national and international filmmakers, artists, and film enthusiasts.
In addition to the familiar theater concessions of popcorn and soda, a menu featuring a selection of packaged snack foods and drinks of the gourmet quality Union Market guests are accustomed to will be curated by former Food Network executive Bruce Seidel (Hot Lemon Productions) and former Food Network chef Santos Loo. Among the special items that guests can enjoy before, during or after their film are: Rosemary Truffle Popcorn, Crunchy Kale Chips, Maple Bacon Chuao Chocolate Bars, Intelligentsia Coffee, and a selection of craft bottled beers and wines. While this temporary micro cinema will not offer all the luxurious amenities of the future state-of-the-art cinema, the Angelika Pop-Up will feature pristine new Barco digital projection and digital sound as it offers a sneak-peek of the provocative and intelligent programming the neighborhood deserves. The Pop-Up will operate seven days per week, with showtimes and advanced reserved seating available at www.AngelikaPopUp.com.
Below is a description of some upcoming films scheduled to open at the Pop-Up:
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon – Opens June 13 – Opening Week Film
In his directorial debut, Mike Myers documents the astounding career of Shep Gordon, the consummate Hollywood insider. Beginning with a chance encounter with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix in 1968, Gordon managed the careers of Alice Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch. He even found time to invent the “Celebrity Chef” with his representation of Emeril Lagasse and forge a friendship with the Dalai Lama through his philanthropic endeavors with the Tibet Fund. Stuffed with fantastic archive footage, Gordon’s unlikely story is told by Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse, and more.
Queen Margot – 20th Anniversary Directors Cut – Opens June 13 – Opening Week Film
Patrice Chereau’s acclaimed tale of intrigue and forbidden love returns to theaters in its complete, uncut version in celebration of the landmark film’s 20th Anniversary. Triumphant winner of 5 Cesar Awards and the 1994 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, this powerful and sexually charged film stars Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Virna Lisi and Vincent Pérez. Amidst the late 16th century Wars of Religion, when Catholics and Protestant Huguenots battled over control of France, scheming power player Catherine de Medici offers up her daughter Margot for marriage to the King of Navarre in a bold political move to reconcile France.
Flex is Kings – Opens June 20
This inspiring documentary explores the hopes and realities of the under-acknowledged and totally unfunded group of Brooklyn artists behind the urban dance movement known as “flexing.” Born in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York, the competitive dance style combines dramatic contortions, simulated violence, and flowing footsteps that are at once flights of fancy as well as poetic evocations of the streets. Shot over two years by local filmmakers, the film is structured around Battlefest, the central organizing event of the Flex movement, and focuses on some of the community’s key personalities.
Violette – Opens June 27
An official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, Cesar Award winner Martin Provost’s VIOLETTE spans 20 years in the complex life of trailblazing French feminist author Violette Leduc, and her relationship with the legendary Simone de Beauvoir. Born out of wedlock in the early 20th century, Violette (Emmanuelle Devos, in a searing performance) encountered Simone de Beauvoir post-WWII in St-Germain-des-Prés. The intense relationship between the two women would last their entire lives – a relationship based on Violette’s quest for freedom through writing and Simone’s (Sandrine Kiberlain) conviction that she held the fate of an extraordinary writer in her hands.
The Angelika film experience at Union Market won’t just end with the credits. Filmgoers can look forward to future Union Market dinner-and-a-movie promotions as well as other collaborative programs.
The Angelika Pop-Up is located at 550 Penn Street NE (between 5th and 6th Streets NE), just one block north of Union Market, and next door to Gallaudet University and the new Dolcezza Gelato Factory. Free parking is available in the parking lot directly in front of Union Market. Additionally, the NOMA Gallaudet University Metro Station (Red Line) is a short walk up 6th Street to the Angelika Pop-Up.
For more information about Union Market, please visit www.UnionMarketDC.com. For more information about the Angelika Film Center, please visit www.AngelikaFilmCenter.com or www.AngelikaPopUp.com. Angelika Pop-Up Social Media: www.Facebook.com/AngelikaFilmDC; www.Twitter.com/AngelikaFilmDC.
About Union Market:
Union Market, located a short walk from the NoMa/Gallaudet metro, is a 45-acre district that is planned for over 7 MSF of space. EDENS has a clear vision to redevelop the district into one of DC’s most vibrant, diverse and thriving neighborhoods—a living laboratory for a sustainable urban community. Since opening in September 2012, Union Market’s acclaimed food market with over 40 local artisans, now averages 15,000 visitors per weekend and has hosted over 150 events. For more information about Union Market, please visit www.UnionMarketDC.com.
About Reading International, Inc.:
Reading International, Inc. (www.ReadingRDI.com) is in the business of owning and operating cinemas and developing, owning and operating real estate assets in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Among its 54 other cinemas world-wide, Reading International, Inc. operates (i) the Angelika Film Center in New York City, one of the most well known and highest grossing dedicated arthouses in the US, and (ii) the Angelika Film Center & Cafe in EDENS’ Mosaic project in Fairfax, VA. Following in the tradition of the Angelika NYC, the Angelika at Mosaic has become an important part of the cultural community in Northern Virginia by showing a range of quality films and alternative programming.
For more information about Reading International, contact:
Andrzej Matyczynski, Chief Financial Officer
Reading International, Inc. (213) 235-2240
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