Famous Films Theatre
When the Glen Brothers Piano Company opened its new store in 1923, the third floor included a 200-seat recital space named Chickering Hall. The acoustics were described as “absolutely perfect.” In 1975 the building was remodeled into the Washington Fair, a mall with a dozen specialty shops. The stage on the third floor became the Laughing Gypsy Comedy Theatre and later the Famous Films Theatre.
Roosevelt Twin Theatre
George H. Harrison and R. Howard Harrison opened the $40,000 Roosevelt Theatre on Valentine's Day, 14 February 1942, with Shirley Temple in Kathleen. The “modern up-to-the minute motion picture theatre” was described as “new, beautiful, and elaborately equipped.” The interior color scheme was peach, green, and beige, with red velour curtains and drapes. The 500 seats in the auditorium were “arranged on a slight arc so that every seat directly faces the screen.” The stage was large and had floodlights, so the theater could “accommodate many types of entertainment” and serve as “a community playhouse as well as a motion picture theatre.”