In December 1919, the Rainbow Theatre first opened on Pennsylvania Avenue entertaining an African American audience with vaudeville performances and films. The theatre continued in operation until 1925 and then spent a decade as a garage. The…

The Arch Social Club at Pennsylvania and North Avenues started its life as the Schanze Theater, a movie house constructed in 1912. After serving time as a restaurant in the 1940s through the 1960s (when the lower facade was covered over), the club…