King Arts Complex
867 Mount Vernon Avenue,
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The 650-seat Pythian Theater was designed by an African American architect by the name of Samuel Plato. It was opened on May 1, 1926 and was equipped with a Moeller pipe organ. It also contained a ballroom which at one time was called the Cotton Club.
I don’t know when the Pythian Theater stopped showing movies but it is still listed in the 1955 Film Daily Yearbook with 500 seats. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. After receiving a $2.7 million renovation, the Pythian Theater is now part of the King Arts Complex which opened in March of 1987.
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