The Place: Angelika Pop-Up
Where: 550 Penn Street NE
Why Live Near Here: Guys, if you haven’t been outside yet today, know that it’s cold AF out there. And seeing as though Places and Spaces talks about cool places in DC that you want to live near, today’s pick couldn’t be more appropriately chosen. There’s not a lot you can do outside when you feel like your face is going to shatter into a million pieces, but a tried-and-true escape is the movies. So if you’re not as into high grossing blockbusters as you are into independent and foreign films, prefer Pop Art Popcorn, Jeni’s ice cream and craft beer & wine to standard theater fare, and appreciate creative programming and special deals, then Angelika Pop-Up in the H Street NE/NoMa area is someplace you may want to consider living close to. Your not-so-frozen face will thank you.
Things to Know: Angelika Film Center is a small theater chain with only 6 locations, 2 of which are in the DMV (the other is in Fairfax). Its “Pop-Up” theater opened in DC in 2014 and was meant to be a place holder for a two-story Angelika Film Center that was planned to be built on top of Union Market, however, the developer terminated the lease due to cost and feasibility issues of building the theater. But, lucky for us District dwellers, the small theater that started as a temporary space has stayed.
Angelika Pop-Up has some really great deals. With its Coffee Club, early birds attend any show before noon for only $6.50 plus get a free fresh-brewed small coffee with admission. Student Tuesdays require a student ID to receive a deal of $.50 admission and a free popcorn. And my personal favorite: Crybaby Matinees where parents can relax and enjoy a film “without worrying about unexpected tantrums or feedings in the dark.” Angelika promises to keep “the volume lowered and the films coming” at a $6.50 adult admission while children under 5 get in free. Their next series, Black is the New Black, will celebrate Black History month every Wednesday at 7pm through the lens of iconic films.