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Colony Theatre Photograph Collection

Identifier: P020
The collection consists of sixteen 8x10 black & white images. Frederick Figall took all the photographs. The images are of the exterior and interior of the Colony Theatre, which was located 4921 Georgia Avenue, NW.


  • 1988

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1 box

Biographical / Historical

The theatre opened in 1926 and was designed by John J. Zink. In the 1940s and 1950s the single screen theatre was operated by Warner Brothers studio. In the mid-1970s the theatre housed the DC Black Repertory Theatre Company. After the company folded in the late 1970s the building remained vacant for more than a decade. In 1987 a group began an effort to convert the theatre into apartments, however several setbacks delayed the opening until 1995. The images in this collection are from the period in the 1980s when the theatre was vacant.

Custodial History

There is no deed of gift and it is uncertain as to how the library acquired these photographs. A hand written note on a paper entitled “Evaluation of the Colony House Theater” by Betty Bird indicates that it was received on April 29, 1988.

Processing Information

The images were removed from their original housing. Each image was assigned a number and placed in an individual polypropylene sleeve. The images were then placed in an acid-free folder and stored in an archival storage box. The box was then placed in the DC Community Archives for long-term storage.
Colony Theatre
An inventory of the Colony Theatre Photograph Collection at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Mark S. Greek.
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Repository Details

Part of the DC Public Library Special Collections Repository

1709 3rd Street NE
Washington DC 20002 USA