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 in Washington, the Commodore in Portsmouth, Virginia, and the Senator in Baltimore, among other theatres. It is located at the corner of 4th and Butternut Streets in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, DC.
The theatre flourished for many years but was eventually driven out of business by the growth of multiplex theatres. In the 1980’s 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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