Minnehaha Theater

1213 U Street NW,
Washington, DC 20009

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Architects: F.A. Hurlehane

Functions: Restaurant

Previous Names: Dudley Theater

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Minnehaha Theater

Opened in 1910 as the Minnehaha Theater, it operated as a 200 seat vaudeville theater, managed by S.H. Dudley. It was renamed Dudley Theater between 1913 and 1920.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

EcRocker on January 24, 2009 at 9:07 pm

I wonder if they have any on the walls at Bens. Next time I go up that way I may stop in but right now with all the hoopla of Inaugaration week they have been a little busy.

EcRocker on January 25, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Well I doubt I will be trying their chille out since it is made with meat and I am a vegitarian.

Giles on January 26, 2009 at 6:41 am

I just read somewhere that only two people can eat at Ben’s for free, Obama and Bill Cosby… just thought I’d pass that interesting tidbit along.

EcRocker on January 26, 2009 at 6:54 am

You mean Mayor Fenty and Marion Barry have to pay?

EcRocker on January 26, 2009 at 9:42 am

Maybe things will get back to normal now that inaugaral week is over and the last of the crowds left this past weekend. I am liking it already. Not even a week in office and the opposing party is crying because they don’t have the power to stop progress and the veto power is no longer theirs.

So maybe now I can get in to the district soon and see if they have any pics of the old theatre.

HowardBHaas on November 27, 2009 at 10:55 am

October 12, 2009 London’s The Guardian had an obit of Ben Ali:
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TLSLOEWS on April 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Interesting photo,nice looking chili shop.

gecp on August 21, 2013 at 5:54 am

News stories from the times state that Andrew J. Thomas,of the Thomas Brothers, who also leased and managed the Howard Theatre in 1911, was a manager of the Minnehaha Theater in/around 1910.

DavidZornig on September 28, 2017 at 5:49 am

Article with exterior photo and new mural.


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