Popcorn and pop-ups: Temporary Angelika Film Center opens today at Union Market

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Angelica Film Center, the luxury theater chain, will open a pop-up cinema until completion of a new center, like this one in Manhattan, opens at Union Market in 2015. (Photo: Angelika Film Center) Angelica Film Center, the luxury theater chain, will open a pop-up cinema until completion of a new center, like this one in Manhattan, opens at Union Market in 2015. (Photo: Angelika Film Center)

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International and independent film lovers won’t have to wait until 2015 for the Angelika Film Center to open at Union Market. A three-screen, mini version of the luxury chain will begin showing movies at  a “pop-up” theater this weekend.

“Our vision for Union Market is to create a place that brings together the innovative and creative community of D.C.,” said Jodie McLean, president and chief investment officer of EDENS, the developer of Union Market. “The caliber of Angelika’s programming and its overall commitment to emerging and established filmmakers from both here and abroad makes them the ideal partner for Union Market and the surrounding D.C. neighborhood.”

The pop-up will be housed in a converted warehouse space and feature a range of independent, foreign and specialty films. Like the full-scale theater opening next August, the pop-up will be used to host specially tailored film-based events and panels.

Former Food Network executive Bruce Seidel and former Food Network chef Santos Loo will create the menu for the theater, which will include rosemary truffle popcorn, crunchy kale chips, maple bacon Chuao chocolate bars, Intelligentsia coffee and a selection of craft bottled beers and wines.

The Angelika pop-up will screen films seven days a week until the permanent location opens.

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