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Southwest Arlington

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The southwestern reaches of Arlington, while a bit off the beaten track, is a diverse and up-and coming area. This article covers the area between of Arlington Boulevard and I-395.


Map of Arlington/Southwest

The Columbia Pike corridor, centered on Columbia Pike east of Glebe Road, is an up-and-coming district, with a number of new high-rise developments, restaurants, and bars recently joining the landmark Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. The Pike is served by frequent Metrobuses connecting it to the Pentagon Metro.

Shirlington is a mixed use development with a variety of restaurants as well as art and event space, and of course shopping, accessed mainly via I-395 (the Shirley Highway).

Get in[edit]

Southwest Arlington is not served by any Metro rail lines, but has dense bus service, especially along Columbia Pike.


  • 1 Carlin Hall. A historic community center built in 1892 Carlin Hall on Wikipedia Q14712128 on Wikidata
  • 2 Barcroft Community House. A historic community center built in 1908 Barcroft Community House on Wikipedia Q14711997 on Wikidata
  • 3 Cathedral of Saint Thomas More. Cathedral of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington Cathedral of Saint Thomas More (Arlington, Virginia) on Wikipedia Q4426011 on Wikidata
  • 4 Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. The first Unitarian church in Washington, D.C.'s suburbs. The current building is a 1964 concrete Brutalist structure listed on the National Register Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington on Wikipedia Q18705859 on Wikidata
  • 5 Lomax African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. A historic African Methodist Episcopal Zion church listed on the National Register Lomax African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church on Wikipedia Q6669298 on Wikidata


Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse on Columbia Pike
  • 1 Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse2903 Columbia Pike (Columbia Pike at Walter Reed Drive),  +1 703 486-2345. A unique combination of a full restaurant located inside a movie theater. Also offers live comedy shows and large-screen viewings of major sports events. Over 22 years old, the “Drafthouse” replaced the Arlington Theater or “Old Arlington” as it was affectionately known in 1985. The building itself is over 65 years old.
  • Four Mile Run Trail. Four Mile Run is a creek that flows through this part of Arlington in a small but steep valley. A nice walk or run down the trail is a good break from the urban setting surrounding it. Four Mile Run Trail on Wikipedia Q5475344 on Wikidata
  • 2 Signature Theatre. A professional regional theater known for its productions of musicals and new plays Signature Theatre (Arlington, Virginia) on Wikipedia Q7512830 on Wikidata
  • 3 Barcroft Park. Home of George Washington University's Colonials baseball team Barcroft Park on Wikipedia Q4860004 on Wikidata


  • 1 The Village at Shirlington4280 Campbell Ave. (I-395 to Shirlington/S. Arlington Mill Drive exit.). A mixed-use town center with a selection of specialty retailers and restaurants, as well as the Signature Theatre and an art-house cinema.


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