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Colony Theatre Photograph Collection

Identifier: P020

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 16 8x10 inch black and white images shot by Frederick Figall. The images are of the exterior and interior of the Colony Theatre, which was located 4921 Georgia Avenue NW in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C.


  • Creation: 1988


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Biographical / Historical

Designed by John J. Zink, the Colony Theatre opened in 1926 in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C. 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 attempted 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. Frederick Figall was a photographer with the D.C. Land Redevelopment Agency.


1 Boxes

0.1 Linear feet


Processed at an item level without series.

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 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 The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001