Leader Theatre

507-509 Ninth Street NW,
Washington, DC 20004

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Previously operated by: Sidney B. Lust Theaters

Firms: Alfred S. Rich & Company

Previous Names: Pix Theatre

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Leader Theatre

Opened in 1910, the Leader Theater lasted for five decades. For the final seven years of its life, from 1953 it was re-named Pix Theatre, after the operators of the Pix Theatre at 13th Street and New York Avenue lost the lease on that building. The Pix Theatre went over to screening adult movies and closed in 1960.

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Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

kencmcintyre on July 21, 2008 at 8:47 pm

I agree. Excellent photo.

jflundy on August 4, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Another classic photo:


Photo taken about 1921.

jflundy on August 5, 2008 at 8:13 pm

“Direct from the Astor Theater in New York” and now playing at the the Leader Theater in D.C.


From the Washington Post, Jan 9, 1921:

“Astonishing scenes filmed among the savage Kia Kia head hunters of New Guinea are shown in an unusual photoplay attraction, "Shipwrecked Among Cannibals,” which will be shown at the Leader Theater this week commencing this afternoon. The film was made by two adventurous camera men shipwrecked off the coast of the territory occupied by the Kia Kia. The savage customs of the head hunters, their mode of life and the grewsome decorations of their homes are illustrated in the production."

kencmcintyre on March 16, 2009 at 10:12 pm

This photo has been posted before, but it’s worth pointing out that 505 Ninth Street NW is now the adress of a large office building. Status of the Leader should be closed/demolished, as none of the buildings in the photo are currently in existence.

kencmcintyre on March 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Here is a 9/7/19 ad from the Washington Post:

jflundy on July 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm


Photo, around 1922, Tarzan is Elmo Lincoln.

David_Pierce on October 11, 2011 at 11:25 pm

All of the Shorpy photos are lifted from the Library of Congress website. All Shorpy does is delete the source information and add their own watermark.

DavidZornig on May 8, 2015 at 10:49 pm

Different 1925 photo added of “The Air Mail”, courtesy of Y-Block Guy Facebook page. Possibly a Library of Congrss pic too. But one we’ve not seen either way.

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