Park Theatre

1361 Savannah Street S.E.,
Washington, DC 20032

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Previously operated by: Roth Theatres

Previous Names: Roth's Park Theatre

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Roth's Theatre

Roth’s Park Theatre was billed as Southeast DC’s finest movie showplace. The 1,000 seat post-War suburban cinema launched on April 20, 1951 with “I’d Climb the Highest Mountain” starring Susan Hayward. The opening speech was by Joseph F. Donahue, a political figure who ran Kefauver’s second failed run for Democratic presidential nominee in 1956.

The theatre was surrounded by Congress Park neighborhood attractions that included Fairfax Food Town and the Congress Park Bowling Lanes. But like a large percentage of post-War movie theatres, the challenge of operating a large indoor movie house in the television age proved to be challenging. Roth’s Park was a casualty failing to make it to the end of its lease and limping to closure in 1962. The venue was retrofitted for an indoor swimming pool. The entire area containing the retail attractions was later razed.

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