Following the trend of coffee shops, bakeries and boutiques, Angelika is hosting a pop-up movie theater a block from Union Market. The first movie, Mike Myers's directorial debut "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon," opens on Friday.
The building, located at 550 Penn St. NE, will eventually be a big, shiny new theater, but not until late 2015. The three-screen "micro cinema" is a stop-gap measure and will be NoMa's destination for foreign films and offbeat docs in a neighborhood where food options are proliferating but entertainment possibilities haven't been as quick to follow suit.
The space has a warehouse feel -- which is appropriate because it is, in fact, a warehouse -- and a plain black front door will probably prompt more than a few people to wonder if they're going into the right entrance. But otherwise this pop-up looks pretty permanent. There's a nice cushy seating area where people can relax, vintage movie posters line the walls and a lot of concessions, including alcohol, are ready for consumption. True to Angelika's style, there's more than just popcorn. You can watch arty movies while snacking on crunchy kale, craft beer and gluten-free cookies.
The screening rooms are utilitarian, and recall the days before stadium seating when one tall person could really ruin a viewing experience. (Solution: Order tickets online ahead of time and reserve seats close to the screen.) During a recent press screening of the French film "Violette," which opens at the pop-up June 27, you could hear the sound of rain on the tin roof (which made it feel kind of cozy) not to mention the tik-tik-tik of the projector (which was actually kind of quaint).
So far, there are four movies on the schedule, including the 20th anniversary director's cut of "Queen Margot," which opens Friday, and the documentary "Flex Is Kings" (June 20). But there are plans for more movie screenings and events as the summer continues.
Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market, 550 Penn St. NE (Metro: NoMa-Gallaudet).