H Street Playhouse
2002 Photo from the Roland Follot collection
1365 H St NE|
|Record #17863 |
Current Use: Fitness Center
Capacity: 150 seats|
Architect(s): Upman & Adams; Morris Hallett
National Register: 2004 Bldg # 04000117
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Plymouth Theatre|
Information for this tour was contributed by Roland Follot.
The building at 1365 H Street NE was constructed in 1928, for no specific purpose. The first tenants were Sam's Garage and Moller Motors. A variety of tenants occupied the building until 1943, when architect Morris Hallett adapted the building for use as the Plymouth Theatre.
The Plymouth Theatre was a neighborhood theater for blacks and held its grand opening in 1943. The former car dealership was transformed into a 300-400 seat theater for about $3,500.
The Plymouth Theatre closed in 1952 and was later transformed into a furniture store, a roller rink, a furniture store again, a printing company, and a restaurant. In late 2001, a pair of local newspaper publishers purchased the building with the purpose of converting the building into a live theater venue, the H Street Playhouse.
The first performance in the H Street Playhouse was on August 8, 2002, by the Theatre Alliance. The H Street Playhouse closed in 2013 and was converted into a fitness center.
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Last featured 8/23/2004. Last edited 2/10/2015.