Georgetown Theatre

1351 Wisconsin Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20007

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Georgetown Theatre

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Opened as the Dumbarton Theatre in August 1913, a 460-seat playhouse, this theater started showing movies sometime later. It was designed by architect William Nichols in a Gothic Revival style.

Located on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown, the movie house was renamed the Georgetown Theatre in 1947. It was also remodeled around this time in Streamline Moderne style. The Georgetown Theatre was closed in 1986 and is today used for retail.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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teecee
teecee on October 2, 2005 at 4:34 am

Here is my photo. Not bad for having a map in one hand, a camera in the other and a knee on the steering wheel:

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djandy622
djandy622 on November 3, 2005 at 2:26 am

Mr Heon used to own this theater, he also own the Wheaton Plaza theather, I use to work there.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on January 7, 2008 at 4:29 pm

Here and here are a couple of shots from January 2008 of what remains of the old Georgetown Theatre. The interior was completely gutted when the building was converted into a retail space.

digitscd
digitscd on January 15, 2008 at 3:11 pm

My friend’s family owned the theater (and building). We took some of the seats after it was leased to the Jewel Center. I have lots of memories of this place. Lots of posters and flats too. It had an old arc lamp projector until the end. My friend tells me it was a nickelodeon when it first opened. This is where Henry Rollins of Black Flag worked and the theater was used in the movie St. Elmo’s Fire..

aabner
aabner on November 20, 2009 at 2:04 pm

this building is now for sale. $2 million asking. I live down the street and would love to see this transformed back into a theater/screening room. i envision it like the non-profit aero in santa monica where I used to live. went to e street last weekend for a 8p showing of roshomon. it was packed. there is a definite need for classic movie screenings and maybe supplmt with weekly tv show screenings for college crowd, screening room rental, events, etc.
anyone know whats happening with embassy and mcarth?

Giles
Giles on February 1, 2010 at 9:58 am

Question: how long DID ‘Caligula’ play at the Georgetown?? – it seemed at least a couple of years

jbwomack
jbwomack on April 13, 2010 at 3:17 am

my father played the piano here on Sat.mornings
for the silent movies when he was 16yrs.(1926).
I grew up hearing him play the music when the indians
were comming over the hill for the cowboys.
My mother’s parents ownened the store to the left.
It was a candy/soda store and it was here that my
parents met. They were married for 56 years.
I have been looking for a picture showing the theater
and the store for a long time. This picture made my day!

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Here is a picture of it as the Dumbarton: View link

Giles
Giles on October 7, 2011 at 9:59 am

@ aabner – the Embassy is now the AED Globe Theater, I isn’t going to happen but I wish CVS would leave the McArther location and convert it back to a theater – what a loss for that neighborhood. I hadn’t realized that the building was up ‘For Sale’ til I drove by it this afternoon – there are a lot of stores that closed in that neck of Wisconsin Ave. it’s really sad. Know anyone would be interested in converting it back to a theater ?? I’d help.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 19, 2013 at 5:31 am

Views of the Georgetown and other theatres in the district can be found here: Greatergreaterwashington

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