111 E. Fifth Avenue,
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Architects: Bjarne H. Moe
Styles: Streamline Moderne
The Liberty Theatre was opened in 1940 and was operated by Midstate Amusement Corp. It is completely done in a blocky Streamline Moderne style, and looks like the bridge of an ocean liner. The vertical marquee is a tall rectangle with a cap, set on one corner of the building. The service ladders on either side only enhance the nautical impression.
At some point, probably when the theater was triplexed, a large circular window on one side was filled in. The theater is now painted in blah putty colors, which Washingtonians seem to be in love with.
The Liberty Theater was closed in August 2009, and in 2010 was converted into a church.
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