Arts Desk

Indie Movie House on V Street NW? Not So Fast!

Calm down, people: It's not yet clear whether a movie theater is coming to 8th and V streets NW.

According to information released by the developer JBG, plans for the old Atlantic Plumbing Supply building near the 9:30 Club will consist of two mixed-use residential and commercial buildings, one smaller six-story building, and one larger 10-story building with room on the ground floor for local retail, artists' studios, and "a large cultural space." Both the Washington Post and Curbed revealed that space could become a six-screen movie theater.

But don't get too excited. While D.C. could undoubtedly use another decent indie cinema (RIP Visions. Never forget), nothing about the theater is definite at this point. When I spoke to the publicist for JBG last week, she told me the theater is a hope, but it's not confirmed.

As for the rest of the retail space, the company hopes to fill it with small restaurants, hardware stores, and/or markets that can coexist with the neighborhood's existing businesses. Adding studio space for local artists would be a particular boon as affordable artist space becomes increasingly rare in town. In order to determine which artists will get to use the space, JBG will develop a juried selection process. Interested parties can find out more about by emailing

The groundbreaking for both buildings is expected to take place in the spring of 2013.

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  • anne

    Please put a movie theater there please

  • SteveK

    What will this do to the street parking for the 930 Club, that is there?