Republic Theatre

1333 U Street NW,
Washington, DC 20009

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Republic Theatre

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The Republic Theatre opened on 30th May 1921. Located a block west of the Lincoln Theatre, it was located in the heart of the U Street African-American shopping district. Film Daily Yearbooks list it as a “Negro” theatre.

Designed by architect Phillip M. Julien, the exterior was given a slightly Spanish look with a Spanish tile roof topping the facade. Inside the auditorium, which originally seated 1,304, the seating was arranged in a stadium plan with no overhanging balcony, but there was a loge level half-way back.

A Moller two Manual organ was installed in 1924.

The Republic was closed in 1976 and was later demolished to make way for the new Metro system.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Ken Roe

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 20, 2009 at 4:57 pm

This site has some exterior photos:
http://tinyurl.com/mvmndb

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