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Atlas Theater

Atlas Theater

Atlas District, Washington, D.C.

The Atlas Theater was constructed in 1938 in the Streamline Deco style. The theater’s patronage declined after the 1968 riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and it was abandoned in 1976. A recent $22 million rehabilitation, however, has returned the theater to life as a performing arts center with two multipurpose theaters and dance studios. The newly-restored neon sign, glowing marquee, and glass and limestone façade again welcome patrons to a wide variety of entertainment. The theater’s rehabilitation was the key to turning around the H Street Corridor, a community revitalization so successful that city residents now refer to the area as the “Atlas District.”

Photo: Atlas Theater
– NPS file

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