Newton Theater

Coordinates: 38°56′8″N 76°59′27″W / 38.93556°N 76.99083°W / 38.93556; -76.99083
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Newton Theater
Building of former Newton Theater (2008)
Newton Theater is located in Washington, D.C.
Newton Theater
Location3601 12th Street, N.E., Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38°56′8″N 76°59′27″W / 38.93556°N 76.99083°W / 38.93556; -76.99083
ArchitectJohn Jacob Zink
Architectural styleArt Deco
NRHP reference No.07000592[1]

The Newton Theater (now used as a CVS Pharmacy) is located at 3601 12th Street, Northeast, Washington, D.C., in the Brookland neighborhood. The Art Deco building was designed by John Jacob Zink and opened on July 29, 1937.[2] Zink is credited with more than 200 movie theater projects in this region.[3] The first film shown at the Newton Theater was I Met Him in Paris, starring Claudette Colbert and Robert Young.[2]

After the theater closed in the mid-1960s, the Catholic University of America purchased the building and used it until 1971. The Newton Theater resumed screening films in the late 1970s, under the ownership of the Brookland Community Corporation, but that, too, ended in 1979.[4] The theater hosted punk rock concerts throughout 1984, featuring bands like Hüsker Dü, Government Issue, Negative Approach, Void, Iron Cross, 9353, Honor Role, and Malefice.[5][6][7] The Newton Theater was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.[8]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Headley, Robert K. (1999). Motion picture exhibition in Washington, D.C. : an illustrated history of parlors, palaces, and multiplexes in the metropolitan area, 1894-1997. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. ISBN 0-7864-0544-9. OCLC 39812349.
  3. ^ "DC Preservation League--Newton Theater".
  4. ^ Gately, Blair (February 8, 1979). "Shortage of Funds Forces the Closing of Northeast Theater". Washington Post.
  5. ^ Andersen, Mark. (2009). Dance of days : two decades of punk in the nation's capital. Jenkins, Mark, 1954- (Updated and expanded 4th ed.). New York: Akashic Books. ISBN 978-1-933354-99-6. OCLC 437084126.
  6. ^ "Hüsker Dü concert flier, Newton Theatre, Washington, D.C., June 24, 1984 | Digital Collections @ the University of Maryland". Retrieved 2021-01-10.
  7. ^ "WDC Period -- Vol. 1, Issue 4, September 1984 | Archival Collections". Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  8. ^ Department of the Interior. National Park Service. (3/2/1934 - ) (2013–2017). Washington, DC SP Newton Theater. File Unit: National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program Records: Washington, DC, 1/1/1964 - 12/31/2013.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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