Senator Theatre

3946-3956 Minnesota Avenue NE,
Washington, DC 20019

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Breedentials on October 24, 2015 at 11:33 am

Seven years later: there were indeed several houses, etc. removed to make way for a beautiful new apartment building, however this is on the side of Benning Rd opposite the Senator Theater. The block that the theater is on looks pretty much the same in 2015 according to Google street view Nov 2007 view. The imagery was taken in the evening and it appears that the facade of the Sentator’s upper glass bricks are illuminated from within.

AliceChandler on June 19, 2008 at 8:04 am

There is a major revitalization that the government is making for this retail area. The Great Streets project is in the process of getting developers and the local government to change much of what the Eastern portion of the city has been waiting for since the first closing of the Senator Theater. A major Metro subway/bus station (Minnesota Avenue) is within a few short blocks of the location. Several of those houses and small structures mentioned in an earlier blog are in the process of being razed for the building of a Department of Employment Services and an already completed multi-story indoor parking lot for Metro.

Alice Chandler

JackCoursey on January 27, 2008 at 8:27 am

Here and here are photos from January 2008 of what remains (façade only) of the Senator.

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Life's Too Short on July 5, 2006 at 4:14 am

That 2004 photo does not make theatre operation seem like it would have been a realistic option.

rlvjr on December 3, 2005 at 9:32 am

The SENATOR no longer looks like a burned-out hulk. The facade is still there and it houses a SUBWAY and a beauty shop. The marquis has been lopped-off. When in operation it was for the longest time a KB Chain theatre, meaning it was above-average in comfort, design and management, playing the best pictures. A few years after KB gave up, the SENATOR re-opened under black ownership/management, which tried hard to offer this upscale black neighborhhod a nice theatre, showing black-oriented movies, at slightly below regular admission prices; but to no long-term avail. The inner-city loser mentality will not allow things like theaters to function in peace. Picture this: the Minnesota Ave neighborhood is primarily large standalone houses, 3 or 4 bedrooms; a few nice apartments; several parkland areas —– but the inner-city corruption still ruins things. If persons in this neighborhood want to see a movie, the nearest functioning theater is many miles away. Too bad, really.

rlvjr on October 27, 2005 at 11:24 am

There’s much mis-information listed for the SENATOR. The theatre was never made into a twin, and never had the roof lopped-off —– except by arson.

rlvjr on June 4, 2005 at 12:41 pm

The SENATOR looked like a burnt-out hulk last time I drove by. This was the final operation of a movie theatre on any “urban black” neighborhood in Washington, DC. They tried hard to make this place work again, but if people can’t be safe using the rest room or even just sitting and watching, all is lost to the urban loser mentality.

dcrick2004 on July 20, 2004 at 7:58 pm

The Senator now is home to a beauty supply shop and a Subway sandwich shop. The facade is still there but the top half of the theatre was lopped off to allow for the retail stores.

William on November 20, 2003 at 4:49 pm

The Senator Theatre seated 946 people.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on February 12, 2003 at 9:32 pm

The Senator is located at 3946-3956 Minnesota Avenue.

AAGRB on February 12, 2003 at 8:39 am

Does anyone know the exact address of the Senator Theatre on Minnesota Ave? Please let me know I am thinking about saving it!