1346 19th Street,
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Architects: Leo F. Abrams
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The original Washington Theatre was built in 1910 for the Lilian Amusement Co., and sat about 1,200. It was designed by architectural firm Charles Pauly & Son. There was also a Washington Airdome beside the theatre. Located at 1330 19th Street, it was closed in 1923 when a new Washington Theatre was built at the rear of the existing theatre, which became the entrance hall to the new auditorium.
The second Washington Theatre was opened December 21, 1923 and was designed by architectural firm R. Levine & Company. Acquired in December 1928 by the Skouras Theatres chain. In late-1929 it was taken over by the St. Louis Amusement Co. Still later, the theatre was part of the Fanchon & Marco chain.
The theatre contained a Barton organ, which was removed after a blaze on November 27, 1945. The theatre was slightly remodelled to the plans of architect Leo F. Abrams, reopening on June 15, 1946. It was taken over by Arthur Enterprises in 1957. The theatre was remodeled again in 1975. In 1978 it was taken over by Mid-America Theatres. The Washington Theatre operated until 1980.
It was briefly used afterwards for live events but razed in 1993 to make way for a bus depot, which was never built. The site is an empty lot in 2020.
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