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Places (POIs) visited during this tour

Place #1
Distance: 0.00mi , Attraction : Metro station
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1211 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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U Street/African-American Civil War/Cardozo metro station
Our first stop on this tour begins around the corner to your right at the U Street/African-American Civil War/Cardozo metro station. It is hard to believe that at some point this massive infrastructure used to be the home to several establishments including The Republic Theatre. \r\rBack in 1921 it was located at the heart of the U Street African-American shopping district. It was known as a ‘negro’ theatre during America’s segregation era. Its auditorium seated around 1,250 people. The theatre was demolished in 1976 to make room for the new Metro system. And don’t get me wrong, I do love the Metro system, but it’s too bad that the Republic Theatre no longer exists. As commuters and visitors are busy bustling through the station, in a previous life this landmark housed a quaint and stunning theatre where African-Americans enjoyed the latest movies and cinema. Our next stop is right across the street at The Lincoln Theatre. So head across the street and I’ll see you there.

Place #2
Distance: 0.00mi , Attraction : Historic Theatre
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1201 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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The Lincoln Theatre
Here we are at the Lincoln Theatre. It was designed by architect Reginald Geare in 1921. Opening in 1922, the theatre was a cultural center in D.C. that was historically known for being headlined by Washington natives Duke Ellington and Pearl Bailey yet were joined by nationally acclaimed artists such as Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong. If you haven’t heard of them - look them up! Prior to its live performances and stage recognition, the Lincoln Theatre showcased silent film and vaudeville to DC’s African-American community. \r\rPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt often celebrated his birthday and threw parties at the Lincoln Colonnade, a party hall once located at this theatre. It closed shortly after the 1968 race-related riots. When it reopened, it served mostly as a movie theater until 1983. It was restored in 1994 and now hosts some of the city’s most attractive musical acts and performers including Peter Frampton, Kendrick Lamar, and Billy Idol. I think the only thing those three artists might have in common is that they’ve all performed at The Lincoln Theatre. So you see how diverse the entertainment is that this theatre attracts. I’ve seen numerous comedy acts there that had my sides hurting for days from all the laughter. You really should check out some of the city’s live performances here and continue supporting the history of a vibrant cultural space!Our next destination is about 10 paces to the east.

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Tour itinerary stops | Additional places you'll see on this self-guided tour

Map Pin Place 1 U Street/African-American Civil War/Cardozo metro station
Map Pin Place 2 The Lincoln Theatre
Map Pin Place 3 Ben's Chili Bowl and Ben Ali Way
Map Pin Place 4 True Reformer Building
Map Pin Place 5 U Street Music Hall
Map Pin Place 6 Lee's Flower Shop
Map Pin Place 7 African-American Civil War Memorial
Map Pin Place 8 African-American Civil War Museum
Map Pin Place 9 T Street and Vermont Ave check-in
Map Pin Place 10 Maya Angelou School
Map Pin Place 11 All Souls Bar
Map Pin Place 12 Corner of T and 7th check-in
Map Pin Place 13 Right Proper Brewing and Mural
Map Pin Place 14 The Howard Theater
Map Pin Place 15 Duke Ellington Statue/Graffiti Wall
Map Pin Place 16 The Kiss Lounge
Map Pin Place 17 The Bible Bookstore
Map Pin Place 18 801 Restaurant
Map Pin Place 19 Nellie's
Map Pin Place 20 Dirty Goose/Velvet Lounge
Map Pin Place 21 UCPlaces Tours
Map Pin Place 22 Wet Dog/9:30 Club
Map Pin Place 23 Howard University
Map Pin Place 24 Checking in
Map Pin Place 25 Florida Avenue Grill

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