Film fans still despondent over the sudden closing of the West End Cinema in March probably didn't notice the sign through all the tears in their not-yet-dry eyes: A large poster in the window of the three-screen movie house boasts its re-opening later this month.

On Monday, Landmark Theatres, the boutique theater chain that currently operates the E Street and Bethesda Row cinemas, announced that it will be adding the West End facility to its growing stable of Washington arthouses on July 17. (A fourth Landmark venue is under construction as part of the Atlantic Plumbing development taking shape at 8th and V streets NW, and is scheduled to open this fall.)

Initially, the rebranded West End Cinema will open with only two active screens as upgrades are made to the multiplex's seating and screens. As with the chain's other area theaters, the new and improved concession stand will offer alcoholic beverages and an expanded menu of upscale snacks.