3946-3956 Minnesota Avenue NE,
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Previously operated by: K-B Theatres
Architects: John J. Zink
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Located in northeast Washington DC, K-B Theatres opened the Senator Theatre on February 19, 1942 with 946 seats and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Suspicion”. The auditorium had large murals with classical scenes. When the Senator closed in 1989, it had 880 seats and the second-largest movie screen in Washington D.C. The largest screen for the last half of the century, is the Uptown Theatre.
The District of Columbia Historic Preservation Board recommended that the Senator Theatre be designated as an historic landmark, but facing the owners opposition, the designation excluded the auditorium. After much controversy, tragically, the auditorium was demolished in 1990, leaving only the facade and lobby building. It now stands as a large and depressing tombstone that tells of a theatre’s fate.
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