535 Eighth Street SE,
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Miracle Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Crandall Amusement Company
Previous Names: Meaders Theatre, New Theatre, Family Theatre, Academy Theatre, Academy-on-the-Hill
News About This Theater
- Jul 9, 2012 — Church-owned former theater will return to cinema use in DC
- Jun 8, 2011 — D.C. Church to take over former Meaders Theatre
Originally opened in early-1910 as the Meaders Theatre, seating was provided in orchestra and balcony levels for 600 patrons. In the fall of 1927 it was acquired by the Stanley-Crandall Company and between 1927 and 1930 was known as the New Theatre. Briefly known as the Family Theatre in 1930 when it was operated by Sydney Lust, it became the Academy Theatre in 1933. It was closed in 1961 when it was known as Academy-on-the-Hill
The People’s Church has been housed in the former Academy Theatre building since 1962. It is located in the Barracks Row neighborhood on Eighth Street near E Street.
It reopened May 5, 2016 as the Miracle Theatre presenting recent movies and live events. There are now 371 seating in orchestra and balcony levels.
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