Mark II Theatre

808 K Street NW,
Washington, DC 20001

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Opened in 1909 as the Hippodrome Theatre, this theatre was located on K Street NW near New York Avenue off Mount Vernon Square. It was designed by Julius Wenig.

In 1945 the Hippodrome Theatre began showing art and foreign films, and was renamed the Art Theatre in 1954. When art movies gave way to gay pornographic films in June 1970, it was again renamed, as the Mark II Theatre screening “Song of the Loon”. By December 1970 it had switched to showing ‘straight’ adult movies. It was demolished in to 1970’s.

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rlvjr on October 2, 2005 at 12:50 pm

Washington’s HIPPODROME served briefly as (I think) the original location of ARENA STAGE, now moved to custom-built quarters in SW.
Regarding the small 300 seat size for a theater named HIPPODROME, please look up the HIPPODROME New York on this site. My dad first told me about the one in New York, short-lived, it had over 5000 seats and the largest stage on Earth. Never mind. Just click-on the write-up which is extensive.

rivest266 on June 28, 2015 at 2:34 pm

June 24th, 1970 ad in photo section.

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