H Street Playhouse

1365 H Street NE,
Washington, DC 20002

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H Street Playhouse

The building which today houses the 150-seat H Street Playhouse, home of the Theatre Alliance, was originally built in 1928. Located on H Street NE between 13th Street and 14th Street in the Rosedale neighborhood, the building was built for a car dealership.

Until 1943, various car dealerships were housed in the building. That year, a 300 seat movie house was constructed in the building, called the Plymouth Theatre, after the last kind of car dealership in business there. The Plymouth Theatre operated as a movie theatre until 1952.

After sitting vacant a couple years, a roller skating rink briefly operated in the former theatre, followed by a furniture store, then a printing company, and finally a “soul food” restaurant, which closed in 2001. It was acquired by Bruce and Adele Robey, who opened the H Street Playhouse in the space in 2002 as a home to the Theatre Alliance as a venue for live theatre and various other live performances. Besides the 150-seat main auditorium, the H Street Playhouse also houses the Gallery H and a rehearsal studio.

It had closed by 2014 and is now a Cross Fit DC gymnasium.

Contributed by Bryan

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 18, 2005 at 1:27 am

Does anyone remember a D.C. movie theatre that in the 1940s and later was called the “Little Cinema” or “Little Theatre”? I’ve seen references to it but could not find it on Cinema Treasures. It was an art house. I’d like to know the address and/or other names for this place.

Curtis Cooper
Curtis Cooper on November 21, 2014 at 8:14 pm

CLOSED – Now “Cross Fit DC”

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