Kennedy Theater

326 Kennedy Street NW,
Washington, DC 20011

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Kennedy Theater

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The Kennedy Theater, one of a number of John Eberson-designed Washington movie houses, was opened in 1939 by Warner Bros. and the opening movie was Bette Davis in “Juarez”. It was located on Kennedy Street, near Third Street. The Kennedy closed in 1974 as a theater. It most recently was home to a church.

All but the facade has now been demolished, and the facade now serves as the entrance to a new building.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 20, 2007 at 8:55 am

The Kennedy Theatre had 980 seats, according to the 1941 Film Daily Year Book. Here are two images, the second thanks to Dazian’s, which provided most of the fabrics used for the curtains and draperies:

JackCoursey on February 3, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Here, here, and here are photos from February 2008 of the former Kennedy. Although the façade is in immaculate condition, the interior has been completely gutted and converted into some sort of community/residential centre.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 5, 2008 at 10:11 am

Here are new links to images described above on 7/20/07:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 2, 2009 at 9:12 am

This is another photo of the Kennedy Theater.

kencmcintyre on June 7, 2009 at 4:27 pm

This is a 1984 short film by John Heyn that shows the Kennedy and other Washington theaters:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 7, 2009 at 4:32 pm

I saw that video before. I think it’s posted on another theater listing.

Tinseltoes on June 17, 2012 at 10:16 am

Here’s an article from a 1939 trade journal about the new Kennedy Theatre: boxofficemagazine

pachamama on June 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I graduated from Coolidge High School in 1960. During those school years, the Kennedy was the place to see not only movies, but live performances by the likes of Fats Domino and Little Richard. Those were the days, my friend!

Mendy216 on November 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Worked This Theater as an Usher in 1963 for aprox 1 year under manager Tony Renaldy spelling may not be accruate. $ 0.75 per Hour. Fun Job.

RickR on November 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I used to go to the Kennedy when I was a kid. I remember Tony Rinaldi working the candy stand when they were short handed. Didn’t Tony have a brother who was also a manager?

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