6833 4th Street NW,
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The Takoma Theatre opened on July 2, 1923 with Thomas Meighan in “The Ne'er Do Well”, with 724 seats. It was designed by John Jacob Zink, who also designed the Uptown Theatre in Washington, the Commodore Theatre in Portsmouth, Virginia, and the Senator Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland among other theatres. It is located at the corner of 4th Street and Butternut Street in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, DC. In 1935 it was taken over by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.
The theatre flourished for many years but was eventually driven out of business by the growth of multiplex theatres and closed as a movie theatre in 1980. In 1983, the theatre was purchased and turned into a venue for live performances. However, during the 1990’s, the Takoma Theatre stood largely dark, though the comedian Chris Rock did film one of his specials at the theatre.
In early-2002, community members formed the Takoma Theatre Arts Project, with the goal of reopening the theatre. The theatre is ‘For Sale’, and is endangered.
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