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Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Retro Stylin ()
Date: March 09, 2011 07:02PM

Does anyone remember when Godfather's and the movie theater left where Performance Bike store is? (If that's the same spot) Also, was there a Waffle House on Lee Hwy, what is now snobbily called Fairfax Blvd across from where the Boulevard Motel is? Thanks for any help trying to jog my cerebrum.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: fairfax resident ()
Date: March 10, 2011 12:08AM

You are correct. The movie theatre was where the AT&T store is .
The waffle house was torn down and replaced by the Hampton Inn. It was directly across the street from the Burger Chef and was next to the Shakeys.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Thanks a bunch ()
Date: March 10, 2011 08:34AM

Appreciate your help trying to remember all of that. It seems so long ago, well I guess it is. The city certainly has changed.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: EX PG CNTY ()
Date: March 10, 2011 08:40AM

I remember Godfather's Pizza at Greenway Shopping Center in Greenbelt. I also remember Shakey's over by Capital Plaza. Shakey's was like th prerunner to Chuckee Cheez.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Did Shakey's Have ()
Date: March 10, 2011 01:12PM

the video games and stuff that CC's has?

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Patooey ()
Date: March 10, 2011 03:37PM

No video games but Shakey's had an all you can eat buffet though, something CC doesn't have.

Fairfax Theater was next to a High's and next to that was Dart Drug. There was a Geno's right across the street that had subs, chicken and pizza. It went belly up in the 70's I believe. Around the corner from the Theater was a National Bank of Fairfax and at some point the Dart company's auto parts store (something like Hi-Auto as I recall). There was no cut trough between Pickett and Blake Lane and Circle Towers was just a big jumble of woods with several trails that people took to walk to the townhouse developments of Stonehenge and Hampton Court.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Warhawk ()
Date: March 10, 2011 03:46PM

Was it Shakey's or Godfathers that used to be in Tysons Corner? Not at the mall, but off to the side...

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: BigK ()
Date: March 10, 2011 03:50PM

Shakey's had the best buffet called Bunch of Lunch. Great pizza, chicken and taters. This was the best inexpensive buffet ever I think. Always went there with the team after softball games. And most of them had a game room with 5 to 10 machines. They still have Shakeys out west with the nearest one to here south of Atlanta. Almost worth a field trip.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: March 10, 2011 03:51PM

I liked Mr. Gatti's pizza in Burke better. Loved it in fact. Best pizza in town, honest!

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: steve k2 ()
Date: March 10, 2011 04:40PM

Godfather's Pizza was terrible.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Mullen ()
Date: March 10, 2011 06:51PM

It was a Shakey's near Tysons Corner, not Godfathers behind/near old Herman's Sporting Goods and in the area of W. Bell & Co. catalog store off of that odd driveway/road... up from JR Stockyards restaurant place. Haven't been that way in 15 years. Probably looks completely different.

That Shakey's held out for a good while as, Tysons progress enveloped it into early 90s'-ish? Dart boards, a few pinballs and long banquet tables in the middle. Recall their tasty Mexican style pizza served with about 20 packets of taco sauce dumped on the tray... like the sauce packets that Taco Bell drops in your drive-thru sack these days. Shakey's used to be more prominent during late 70's into late 80's. There was also a Shakey's in Fairfax City around rt. 50 and rt. 29 intersection.

Shakey's used to advertise on radio and TV and actually had a catchy jingle. The music still rings in my head and the jingle lyrics started out as something like: "Shakey's is the pizza place, good times and...?" TV commercial had a ragtime-style band with a banjo player and all in straw hats. TV commercial was similar to Farrell's restaurant that was inside old Tysons mall and a mecca for local kids birthday parties.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: rem ()
Date: March 10, 2011 08:10PM

Small world....I was in that shopping center and thinking about this a few days ago...

Godfathers was right next door to what is now Advance Auto, it is some kinda Hookah Kabob type joint.

The movie place was around back where Hudson Trail right next to the oft discussed Bubbas...

What was the Ginos is between the muffler place and Farrish, it is now some kinda Korean joint..the Dong A market I think.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Spacy ()
Date: March 13, 2011 04:21AM

Shakeys in Annandale and in Tysons. Yum!!

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: moose ()
Date: March 13, 2011 02:27PM

I loved loved loved the Roy Rogers at Pickett Rd - Einsteains Bagels is there now...which sucks.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Patti ()
Date: May 17, 2011 07:24PM

Does anyone remember Steak and Surf in the 80s? It was next to the Holiday inn on chain bridge rd.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 17, 2011 08:21PM

GEEZ!! The memories of 80's Circle!

The Ground Round that used to serve free popcorn appetizers

The old Capt Bob (was it Bob? I think it was Bob) Datsun dealership with the spokeguy who dressed up like a sailorman on the TV commercials

way back when Home Depot was a Memco's before it turned into Hechingers! (anybody remember Harry and Harriet Homeowner? Coupons every Sunday in the Comics section - back when Sunday Comics meant something...........sigh)

back in the days when Pickett Rd HAD to go thru the Circle LoLz

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Crabby Native ()
Date: May 17, 2011 10:33PM

Bob Tedd Datsun (YES, 2 D'S). The Chik Fil A is there now.

Shakey's next to Anita's and the car wash was great and the buffet was awesome. We'd go there between classes from Mason and pig out.

Hudson Trail used to be where Fast Eddies is and now occupies the space where the theater used to be. Great theater. Huge.

And Memco used to be where Home Depot is and after that was a Bradlee's before Hechinger. Used to be another Memco over at the intersection of Braddock and 236.

Howard Johnson's restaurant was where the Dunkin Donuts is and some ArthurTreacher's is still in business...

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: ITRADE ()
Date: May 17, 2011 10:53PM

Shakeys, huh? I thought that place was in California only. Interesting!

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: mmoore ()
Date: May 17, 2011 11:29PM

Awesome memories :)
Memco, then Bradlee's, Hechingers, etc...

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: MAD MAX ()
Date: May 18, 2011 12:12AM

i remember buying my kiss albums at memco...and walking up to 7-11 in front of mosby woods to buy .25 cent blueberry hostess pies and wacky packies...shit, i can still taste how good those pies were...nothing at all like they have become...absolutely frigg'n disgusting now...great memories until the kid toucher started hang'n around the area...i wish i knew then what i know now...that sorry mother fucker would of been in a world of hurt...he never got hold of me but was definitely sniff'n around...hopefully he got his in the long run

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Date: May 18, 2011 12:15AM

How about Hostess Lemon Pies?

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Oldguy ()
Date: May 18, 2011 03:59AM

I remember seeing both Empire Strikes Back and Flash Gordon at this theater. I'm sure there were more, but these two stand out.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 18, 2011 09:07PM

forgot about Bradlees!

The Walmart in Burke Center, before it was a K Mart, was built as a Bradlees

@ Mad Max - they used to use real sugar back then, not that corn syrup crap they use now. Orange slurpees were MUCH better back then, too :(

WACKY PACKAGES!!!!!!! And dont forget the Weird Wheels stickers with that Big Daddy Roth type art!

Topps stickers were AWESOME!!

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: What was the ice cream place? ()
Date: May 18, 2011 09:10PM

You could have a birthday party and you would order one giant Sunday for everyone at your table. This was back in late 70's.

It had a candy shop in the front and velvet ropes to lead you into the place.

Super cool!

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Oh sorry I just found it above ()
Date: May 18, 2011 09:12PM

Shakey's.

Loved that place!

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Spacy ()
Date: May 18, 2011 09:19PM

What was the ice cream place? Wrote:
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> You could have a birthday party and you would
> order one giant Sunday for everyone at your table.
> This was back in late 70's.
>
> It had a candy shop in the front and velvet ropes
> to lead you into the place.
>
> Super cool!

Farrells

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: MAD MAX ()
Date: May 18, 2011 09:26PM

What was the ice cream place? Wrote:
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> You could have a birthday party and you would
> order one giant Sunday for everyone at your table.
> This was back in late 70's.
>
> It had a candy shop in the front and velvet ropes
> to lead you into the place.
>
> Super cool!


farrels (sp?) ice cream....i worked at the one in landover mall...sounds like the same place...i don't remember if they had one here as my parents moved us to p.g. in 77

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 18, 2011 09:30PM

one @ Tysons and one in Springfield Mall, at least

AWESOME PLACE! The originators (locally, at least) of the Happy Birthday singing waitstaff coming to yr table and making a "BIG DEAL" out of it!

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: mmoore ()
Date: May 18, 2011 09:30PM

Farrels was in Springfield Mall, right? The sirens and huge icecream bowls rocked. Then it wasn't a good idea to go to Springfield Mall anymore.... that is all I remember.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: MAD MAX ()
Date: May 18, 2011 09:44PM

got my first pot pipe at springfield mall when i was 12 y.o. in some record store there...was talked into it by my pothead friend...who the fuck sells a pot pipe to a 12 year old? different times for sure...thank god for my kids sake

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Huntington ()
Date: May 18, 2011 09:56PM

Whoa, memory lane here. I went to that movie theater and Godfather's pizza on a school patrol "appreciation day". Used to go to the Farrell's at Springfield Mall all the time. We'd play Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" on the juke box over and over, how fucking annoying esp. b/c I am pretty sure we didn't tip the staff very well on our orders of french fries w/ a side of ranch. Remember all the candy jars up front by the counter where you paid? What a shame what that mall has become.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 18, 2011 09:58PM

Spirngfield Mall used to be SO AWESOME! Time Out (which is still there in it's original place!) and Time Out II, the one near the old JCP Penny's (currently Target entrance - DMW was there but it's now empty.

Time Out II used to have a little water pond where you could race RC Boats!!

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Huntington ()
Date: May 18, 2011 10:09PM

Anyone else remember Mr Gatti's (or was it Gatty's or Gaddy's)? Pizza place at Saratoga and University Mall. Lots of soccer end of season parties held there. The front doors had giant G's as the door handles.

And yes, Springfield Mall was so much fun back in the day, I remember sneaking smokes on the outdoor J.C. Penny's stairs (over by the first parking garage that was built) because I was afraid that one of my Mom's friends would see me if I smoked inside the mall. Looking back, my Mom's friends were all shopping at Fair Oaks, no need to worry...

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 18, 2011 10:16PM

My Gattis. McDonalds and Dominos are in it's place at University Mall. Also was one in Burke Center were the old Hopsfrog (now PNC) used to be. That one had holes in the floor were actual trees were growing thru. The one in University Mall had an awesome little arcade there (first time I saw Centipede and Yie Ar King Fu

LoLz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh9mPILeuOk



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 05/18/2011 10:17PM by Gordon Blvd.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: sumguy ()
Date: May 19, 2011 08:57AM

You mean the largest movie theatre in the USA 1106 seat if I remember correctly. There was also a movie theatre where Ourisman Toyota is next to Denny's and mini golf where Patriot Hd is at.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Memory Mike ()
Date: May 19, 2011 11:19AM

I remember that Shakeys in Tysons. Right near JRs Steakhouse and Dash's Designer. Dash's was a mens clothing chain. Like the mens warehouse of that time. I got my prom tux there too. They had the best commercials. Good jingle: "Dash's, Dash's, Dash's!"

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: FurfaxTownie ()
Date: May 19, 2011 11:57AM

What year did the theather in FFX Circle close? How many screens did it have?

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Funfax Native ()
Date: June 25, 2011 04:00PM

I totally remember the Dash's Designer chain. Their ads were everywhere, and I think they were even featured on Dick Clark's TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes. Remember that classic show?

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: mmoore ()
Date: June 25, 2011 09:51PM

Is JRs there anymore? That's how long I've avoided Tysons.
And what was the steak rest. at lower level of circle towers? JR's right?
Wow. I'm old. We sold out here big time.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 27, 2011 07:31AM

@mmoore - yep, still on the hill

http://www.jrsbeef.com/

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Ms ProVallone ()
Date: June 27, 2011 11:53AM

Went to JR's steakhouse about a year ago. It's still there last time I recall.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Ut videam ()
Date: June 27, 2011 11:56AM

Still there, but closed a while back for renovations/repairs and remains closed:

http://www.jrsbeef.com/default.asp?page=events

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Scott ()
Date: June 27, 2011 10:32PM

Anyone remember the Pepperoni Stick Pizza place in Burke?

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Pablo ()
Date: July 25, 2011 06:56PM


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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Kamp Washingtonian ()
Date: July 26, 2011 08:01AM

Wow, those Farrell's uniforms look exactly the same.

I also suddenly remember that I hated going there because I thought sharing an ice cream bowl with 5 people was gross.

So now they have two locations in California and are looking to expand. Maybe they'll be back.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Mike Stark ()
Date: March 01, 2013 08:16PM

I used to work at the theater at Fairfax Circle back in 1967 as an usher. It was a Loew'stheater and had one big screen. Loew's also had a big theater in DC and I went there to usher when "To Sir With Love" opened.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Old school ()
Date: March 02, 2013 09:19AM

I remember Dash's clothing store well. They had a ton of stores in the DC, VA, MD area. Closed down when the national chains like Mens Warehouse and Todays Man moved in.

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Re: Back in the Day-Godfather's Pizza and Movie Theater in FFX Circle area?
Posted by: Robert ()
Date: March 02, 2013 11:43AM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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> Spirngfield Mall used to be SO AWESOME! Time Out
> (which is still there in it's original place!) and
> Time Out II, the one near the old JCP Penny's
> (currently Target entrance - DMW was there but
> it's now empty.
>
> Time Out II used to have a little water pond where
> you could race RC Boats!!


Time out II also had bumper car racing in the back.
Yes, Springfield Mall was the place to hang out back in the late 70's/early 80's before it went downhill.

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