Friday, January 17, 2014

DC's Historic Movie Theaters

The Former Penn Theater - 650 Pennsylvania Ave, SE

With the Oscar Award nominees being announced this week, we thought that it would be a good time to reminisce about DC's historic motion picture theaters. Some of us may remember elders talking about how air-conditioned movie theaters were a welcomed relief from the oppressive DC heat? Check out the first in a series of these landmarks here:

A view from Pound The Hill

Warner Brothers reportedly built the Penn Theater that opened in 1935. That venue was subsequently torn down and replaced with condominiums, including many medical offices, in 1982. The facade, which still features the ticket booth, continues to be prominently displayed at the entrance.


Penn Theater had a sister venue across the street called The Avenue Grand (later Capitol Hill Theater). The theater, formerly located at 645 Pennsylvania, Ave., SE, burned in 1970.