Leader Theatre

507-509 Ninth Street NW,
Washington, DC 20004

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DavidZornig on May 8, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Different 1925 photo added of “The Air Mail”, courtesy of Y-Block Guy Facebook page. Possibly a Library of Congrss pic too. But one we’ve not seen either way.

David_Pierce on October 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm

All of the Shorpy photos are lifted from the Library of Congress website. All Shorpy does is delete the source information and add their own watermark.

jflundy on July 6, 2009 at 2:06 pm


Photo, around 1922, Tarzan is Elmo Lincoln.

kencmcintyre on March 16, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Here is a 9/7/19 ad from the Washington Post:

kencmcintyre on March 16, 2009 at 7:12 pm

This photo has been posted before, but it’s worth pointing out that 505 Ninth Street NW is now the adress of a large office building. Status of the Leader should be closed/demolished, as none of the buildings in the photo are currently in existence.

jflundy on August 5, 2008 at 5:13 pm

“Direct from the Astor Theater in New York” and now playing at the the Leader Theater in D.C.


From the Washington Post, Jan 9, 1921:

“Astonishing scenes filmed among the savage Kia Kia head hunters of New Guinea are shown in an unusual photoplay attraction, "Shipwrecked Among Cannibals,” which will be shown at the Leader Theater this week commencing this afternoon. The film was made by two adventurous camera men shipwrecked off the coast of the territory occupied by the Kia Kia. The savage customs of the head hunters, their mode of life and the grewsome decorations of their homes are illustrated in the production."

jflundy on August 4, 2008 at 11:24 am

Another classic photo:


Photo taken about 1921.

kencmcintyre on July 21, 2008 at 5:47 pm

I agree. Excellent photo.

jflundy on April 19, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Theater is listed as Sidney Lust’s Leader Theater at 507 Ninth Street NW in Washington, D.C in 1925.

rlvjr on July 31, 2005 at 8:44 am

The LEADER was a porn theater in the 1950’s, although porn was 99% milder back then compared to now. They had a waaaaaay long run in the early 50’s —– Lili St. Cyr takes a bath in LOVE MOODS.