Lost Washington: The Empress Theater

empress-theatreThe Empress was located at 416 9th Street, NW, and opened in 1910 for motion pictures. It was a 400 seat house designed by architect  B. Frank Meyers. It was completely renovated in 1915 after only 5 years of service.

In November of 1920, the Empress Theater was sold to Marcus Notes, and on February 1, 1936, two film operators were burned and a panic narrowly averted when a fire broke out in the projection room.

The theater lasted until 1945, and was later demolished.empress-theater-detail

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