From YouTube: Pike 200 Minutes: Arlington Cinema
A series of one minute looks at the 200 year history of the Columbia Pike. In this minute, we visit one of the Pike's greatest landmarks, the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse.
The year is 1940 and the opening show at Arlington's new art deco cinema palace is Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. In my favorite wife, originally known as the Arlington community center, the building was unique in that a 24 Lane bowling alley operated on the second and third floors in 1985, the interior was gutted and converted to a combination, restaurant lounge and theater, known as the arlington cinema and drafthouse. The distinctive vertical marquee is a work of art in its own right and has become the premier architectural icon of Columbia Pike.
Under its current ownership, the draft house is keeping another showbusiness tradition alive, vaudeville, music, comedy and children shows are interspersed with a constantly changing schedule of recent Hollywood movies, but there's one secret. The drafthouse has yet to heal how in the world could anyone watch a movie with a bowling alley above their head?