The Federal Theater at Federal & 38th stopped showing films in the 1970s. Built in 1923, the building had an Art Deco makeover in 1948 by architect Charles Strong, who also designed the Art Deco apartments of Poet’s Row on Capitol Hill around the same time period.

You can that the original 1920s theater is recessed behind the update. Not only was the
marquee added, but the storefronts were extended out.


You can see the original terra cotta theater name and year behind the Art Deco marquee.

Ken September 27th, 2011 at 10:18 am

I remember seeing movies at the Federal when I was a kid: “A Boy 10 Feet Tall,” “The Incredible Mr. Limpet,” Elvis in “Harem Scarum” ….