Booker T. Washington Theatre
2248 Market Street,
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The Booker T. Washington Theatre opened in 1913 seating 506. It was an African-American theatre presenting vaudeville & movies. The theatre located just a block west of the busy Union Station often was filled to capacity with people waiting for their train departure times. Just a small theatre on the outskirts of downtown with no elaborate ornamentation.
In its day it opened at 10 in the morning and continued until well after midnight. During troop movement the theatre was always noted as being boisterous and noisy from the military men in the theatre waiting for their train. With the decline of rail transportation and the redevelopment of the area, the theatre closed in 1930, and was later demolished.
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