A state-of-the-art boutique cinema with a cafe by Chef Lee Anne Wong


9/10/12 8:08 am EDT



The Angelika Film Center & Cafe, a state-of-the-art boutique cinema, opens on September 21, 2012 at Mosaic, the DC area’s new and most innovative retail destination located in Fairfax, Virginia.

Mosaic will be the home to the next Angelika, showcasing the best in independent, foreign and specialty film. The stylish cinema houses eight auditoriums, all featuring plush velour stadium designed seating, expansive wall-to-wall, floor-toceiling screens, digital projectors by Barco, the leader in digital cinema technology, breathtaking Dolby 7.1 surround sound capability and JBL audio power. The original Angelika, a cultural institution in New York City, is one of the most successful arthouses in North America while cinephiles in Texas have been frequenting the other two Angelikas in Dallas and Plano for over ten years.

Like its sister theaters, the Angelika at Mosaic will be dedicated to offering its guests provocative and engaging film programming in a cutting edge theatrical environment. On September 21, the Angelika will open with The Master: Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film since There Will Be Blood; Hello I Must Be Going: The opening night film from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival from Director Todd Louiso; Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion): a one week engagement of the 1937 French masterpiece from Jean Renoir; Keep the Lights On: Director Ira Sachs’ story of the emotional journey of two men in New York City; Liberal Arts: Writer/Director Josh Radnor’s follow up to HappyThankYouMorePlease; and Samsara: The visual spectacle from the filmmakers behind Baraka and Chronos, presented in 4K digital projection.

The Angelika will host various events and discussions to enhance its programming. Opening weekend guests can participate in discussions with Melanie Lynskey and Blythe Danner, cast members from Hello I Must Be Going, moderated by Professor Richard Brown, a New York University film professor internationally known for his award winning television series Movies 101; a Skype Q&A with Samsara filmmaker Mark Magidson; and an in-house poster signing with acclaimed artist and illustrator Paul Davis, designer of the 75th anniversary poster for Rialto Pictures’ Grand Illusion.

The Angelika will also host local film festivals and special programs designed to appeal to a variety of filmgoers including “Double Encore,” a classic film series programmed monthly by both the audience and Angelika’s programmers, and “Angelika After Hours,” a cult classic film series shown every Friday and Saturday at 11:45 p.m. Other programs include “Student Tuesdays,” with specially-priced student tickets and a free popcorn; “Baby Boomer Thursdays,” offering anyone 55 and over a specially-priced ticket and free popcorn with a purchase of a drink; “Wake Up at Angelika,” when all shows Monday through Thursday before noon are only $6.00; and the “Cry Baby Matinee,” held every Monday at 11:00 a.m. and designed for parents with babies who want a worry free day at the movies.

Creating a completely unique film and food experience, the Angelika has partnered with Chef Lee Anne Wong to provide the culinary vision for its Cafe, Concession Stand and Lounge. The first floor Cafe will offer a gourmet menu created by Chef Wong inspired by modern global cuisine. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute and currently a contributor on the Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats, each of Wong’s signature dishes will be paired with a craft beer or select wine. Guests of the Cafe will also enjoy coffee from Intelligentsia Coffee, one of the best coffee roasters in the U.S. The second floor Concession Stand will feature classic concessions, as well as Chef Wong’s creative twist on those classics. Her artisan popcorn, with flavors such as beer and cheddar or tandoori yogurt, and creative hot dogs including one topped with kimchi slaw, green onions and crispy shallots are likely to become audience favorites. The mezzanine level Lounge, overlooking the three-story theater lobby and lush grounds of Mosaic, will also feature warm Rosemary-Curry Nuts and gourmet cheeses along with craft beer and wine selections. While the menu has been designed so that guests can comfortably and easily enjoy all food and beverages as they watch a film, the Cafe will also be open to the public without a ticket purchase.

Fred Dagdagan, a Los Angeles based designer of premier screening rooms for major Hollywood studios, designed the sleek and modern cinema and cafe featuring soaring 40-foot ceilings with high glass windows rising from signature hardwood floors. Other signature Angelika elements are in place as well, including a striking three-tiered crystal chandelier accented in blue neon and a dramatic illuminated rendering of the Angelika logo. The lobby is also adorned with a bold and colorful handpainted mural by artist Maxx Moses in partnership with DC based Words Beats & Life.

Not only do the well-appointed auditoriums provide luxury for filmgoers, with customizable lighting and sound options and a range of digital presentation formats, they can also be utilized to make impactful presentations for corporate meetings and private events. In addition to the auditoriums, Cafe and Lounge, a private conference room is also available for smaller meetings and breakout sessions. Conferences, meetings or special events can be arranged through the dedicated inhouse events manager.

The Angelika is located at Mosaic, which includes a hand-selected mix of DC's top independent fashion boutiques, inspired culinary options, healthy grocers and premier national retailers. Mosaic will elevate the community experience to a new standard by creating a vibrant, sophisticated environment that connects families and friends together. Located at the southwest intersection of Lee Highway and Gallows Road at 2911 District Avenue, Fairfax, Virginia 22031 (Google Map “Angelika Mosaic 22031”), Mosaic will offer ample free parking, including two well-lit garages and surface spaces, and is within walking distance of the Dunn Loring – Merrifield Metro Station (Orange Line). For more information and a map of directions, go to

Tickets are on sale now for the opening slate of films at, with reserved seating available. Follow the Angelika on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Press tours are available September 13–20 and may be scheduled with Jo Ellen Brantferger at (214) 435-1936.

About Reading International, Inc.

Reading International (, the owner of the Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic, is in the business of owning and operating cinemas and developing, owning and operating real estate assets. Our business consists primarily of the development, ownership and operation of multiplex cinemas in the United States, Australia and New Zealand; and the development, ownership and operation of retail and commercial real estate in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, including entertainment-themed retail centers in Australia and New Zealand and live theater assets in Manhattan and Chicago in the United States.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such statements are qualified by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally and also may materially differ from actual future experience involving any one or more of such statements. The inclusion of a forward-looking statement in this press release should not be regarded as a representation by Reading International that its objectives will be achieved. Reading International undertakes no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


Jo Brantferger, 214-435-1936

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