Christmas Day dinner and a movie

December 13, 2013

A Jewish celebration of Christmas Day is straightforward: Chinese food and the latest big-screen release. Even if that’s not your tradition, you can head to these theaters and nearby restaurants, which include Indian, Japanese and American cuisines, as well.

(Kyle T. Webster for the Washington Post)
(Kyle T. Webster for the Washington Post)

Here are a few movies premiering on Dec. 25:

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom(PG-13): Idris Elba stars as the South African political prisoner and president.

The Wolf of Wall Street(R): Martin Scorsese directs Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of an unethical stocks trader.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty(PG): Ben Stiller stars and directs this adaptation of James Thurber’s New Yorker story about an ordinary guy who inhabits an imaginary world.

Chinatown
Regal Gallery Place, 707 Seventh St. NW.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW.
There should be no problem securing egg rolls and mu shu before your 8 p.m. show. Try Chinatown Express for the best dumpling soup (746 Sixth St. NW). There’s also Tony Cheng’s Mongolian Barbecue (621 H St. NW).

Cleveland Park
The Uptown, 3426 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Stop by Indique for small plates of samosas and dosas before your screening. 3512-14 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Silver Spring
AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring.
Regal Majestic, 900 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring.
Stop by Oriental East for steamed dumplings and sesame balls. The bustling restaurant serves dim sum daily until 3 p.m. 1312 East-West Highway, Silver Spring.

Courthouse
AMC Courthouse, 2150 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington.
Get Vietnamese food at Minh’s, which highlights the cuisine of the North, such as broiled catfish seasoned with turmeric. 2500 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

Bethesda
Landmark Bethesda Row, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda.
Regal Bethesda, 7272 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda.
We named Tandoori Nights’ pani poori, crispy puffs of potato and chickpeas, one of Washington’s 30 essential vegetarian eats. 7236 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda.

Georgetown
AMC Loews Georgetown, 3111 K St. NW.
West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW.
Meiwah, in the West End, will satisfy your craving for roast duck just blocks from the independent theater. 1200 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Taj of India, an inexpensive M Street eatery between both theaters, will welcome you in with fragrant tandoori chicken. 2809 M St. NW.

Chevy Chase
AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
The Avalon, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Get expertly sliced fish at Sushiko’s Chevy Chase location. 5455 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. If Asian food on Christmas has grown tiresome, find greasy-spoon classics at the American City Diner, which will be open in the morning and afternoon. 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Shirlington
AMC Loews Shirlington,
2772 S. Randolph St., Arlington.
Aroma Indian Restaurant dishes out such respectable standbys as butter chicken and saag paneer. 4052 Campbell Ave., Arlington.

More from our Winter Whimsy issue:
Holiday plays, categorized
A holiday guide for Grinches
A childless adult's guide to ICE! at National Harbor
What you 'kneed' to know about "Elf the Musical"
One perfect holiday date
5 classic drinks

 

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