1901-1903 7th Street NW,
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The Dunbar Theater, in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, not far from the larger and equally historic Howard Theater, is located on 7th Street at T Street.
The Dunbar Theater opened October 18, 1920, designed by Isaiah T. Hatton in the earlier Southern Aid Society Building. From the time it opened, until it closed in 1960, the nearly-350 seat Dunbar was a popular venue for live entertainment, including many legendary jazz and blues artists, such as Duke Ellington, who appeared on the Dunbar’s stage during the 1930’s. The theater also showed movies.
Though there have been several plans to restore and reuse the landmark Dunbar Theater (which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986), none of them have yet come to pass and the theater sat forlorn and vacant until it was converted into a Wells Fargo bank.
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