Best Tiny Movie Theater

West End Cinema
2301 M St. NW, (202) 534-1907
On a recent Saturday afternoon, the three-screen West End Cinema played Carol, a tale of lesbian love starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara set in the 1950s. Getting tickets was a seamless experience: An electronic machine at the front of the theater dispensed admission with just a few clicks. The clientele skewed older, reflective of the neighborhood and, perhaps, the tastes of those who appreciate independent films—Landmark’s signature material. As fate would have it, the theater closed temporarily for renovations in March and reopened on April 1. Hello, bigger screens and “plush leather seating.”