Hyattsville Theatre

5612 Baltimore Boulevard,
Hyattsville, MD 20781

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The Hyattsville Theatre opened on November 21, 1938 with Jackie Cooper in “What a Life” and Grant Mitchell in “The Monroe Doctrine. It was designed by John Eberson in elegant Art Moderne style for the Globe Amusement Co. under the direction of Sydney B. Lust. Interior decorations were by the Rambusch Decorating Company and included a white statuette in the illuminated coves on each side of the proscenium. All seating was on a single level.

The Hyattsville Theatre closed in 1965, and has since been torn down.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 17, 2008 at 10:24 pm

The Hyattsville Theater is listed in 1955 with 901 seats.

sconnell1
sconnell1 on June 13, 2009 at 7:20 pm

I believe that I saw “Tarzan’s Savage Fury” (1952) at a Saturday matinee there on 6/23/56.

sconnell1
sconnell1 on June 13, 2009 at 7:23 pm

The Hyattsville closed on Tuesday 2/16/65. The last program was a double bill of “Your Cheating Heart” (1964) and “Go, Johnny Go” (1959).

Twinkletoes
Twinkletoes on June 19, 2009 at 7:36 pm

I recall a frozen custard place with a plaster polar bear near the Hyattsville theater, and a Howard Johnson’s near it, too. We always walked to the theater from Calvert Holmes ERCO ? aircraft housing. On a recent trip to Maryland, I tried to pinpoint where it had been, and got frustrated by all the drastic changes along US # one. It’s a heavy lost feeling, sometimes.

Twinkletoes
Twinkletoes on March 9, 2010 at 3:51 pm

The photo link didn’t work. I am amazed that Hyattsville images remain so illusive. It was such a cool theater, and torn down waaaay too soon. I vaguely recall being inside.

Twinkletoes
Twinkletoes on July 27, 2010 at 11:43 am

Bryan, I clicked your link, and I went to the site. I typed in “Hyattsville Theater” and found nothing. However, when I typed in Hyattsville TheatRE" the image came up, and there were my statues !!!
I don’t recall them being so large, but there they are. I have to figure out the lighting. Thanks so much. Thank you all for helping.

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