106-112 Rhode Island Avenue NW,
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The American Theater opened in 1913 with about 300 seats (later enlarged to 750). The architect was N.T. Haller who designed a facade of Pompeian brick with white marble trim.
In March 1929 it was re-named the Sylvan Theatre and was managed by Sylvan Deitz. In 1950 it became an African-American theatre serving that community thru to at least 1955. The Sylvan closed as a movie theatre in 1965 and it became a nightclub known as the Metropole and also an antique store.
The building is currently used as a laundromat and for other retail use.
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