Sheridan Theater

The Sheridan Theatre and "Park 'n Shop" is located on the east side of the 6200 block of Georgia Ave NW. The southern boundary of the site is Rittenhouse Street NW.

The Sheridan complex includes the Sheridan Theater and eight associated brick storefronts. The northern end of the complex is a storefront at 6221 (formerly 6219) Georgia Ave. This storefront is one story tall, with a center entrance. Although a 1936 newspaper rendering shows large display windows flanking the entrance, these openings are now partially filled with brick. A brick facade ornament of eight parallel sharp-edged vertical rays rises from immediately above the front door to protrude just above the cornice line. A row of masonry bullets runs parallel with the storefront's strong cornice lone. These motifs are repeated on each storefront in the complex.

The Sheridan Theatre complex is significant because it is an intact highly-stylized art deco design by master architect, John Eberson. It was an influential force in the development of the Brightwood community, as well as that of semi-suburban neighborhoods throughout the District. The theatre provides the "missing link" between John Zink's Uptown Theater of 1936, located adjacent to Washington's original Park n' Shop (1930), and Eberson's nationally-renowned Silver Theater Shopping Center (1938). Park 'n Shop complexes which incorporated theaters like the Sheridan and Silver are the direct ancestors of the modern mall-with- multiplex. The Sheridan Theater was an important venue for community-based African-American drama during a period of rising cultural consciousness and redefinition.

DC Inventory: April 28, 2006



6221 Georgia Ave, NW