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TO DECEMBER 7

“The Key Theatre Farewell Film Festival”

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Imagine a movie theater that could mix Merchant Ivory with Rocky Horror, revive both the paranoid The Manchurian Candidate and the elegant The Earrings of Madame de… (pictured), and simultaneously embrace the playful Japan of Tampopo and the somber China of Red Sorghum. That theater is the Key, but not for long. The cinema closes this weekend after a 28-year run, leaving a void that the soon-to-merge Sony/Cineplex Odeon chains are unlikely to fill. For its last week, the Key is presenting a festival of films that did big business at the theater. This fest started last week, so Howards End, Jean de Florette, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show have already taken their final bows. If you’ve picked up the paper on Thursday, this is the last day to see Tampopo and Red Sorghum. For the next three days, the Key will show The Manchurian Candidate and the elegant The Earrings of Madame de…. Then, nothing but blackness, retail redevelopment, and the horror of Hollywood Christmas releases. See Showtimes for schedule at the Key Theatre, 1222 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $3-5. (202) 333-5100. (Mark Jenkins)