The Aurora Theatre in 1953

This is a view of the Aurora Theatre sometime in the 1950s. And, after doing a little digging, we see that The Tall Texan, with Lloyd Bridges — the Big Lebowski’s real life dad — was released in 1953 (and wasn’t really a good movie). Poking around a little more, we see ads for the movie in the summer between July and August, so it’s safe to say that this photo is from the summer of 1953.

Aurora Theatre
Aurora Theatre

Check out the view from approximately the same location today. The building is still there, though it looks a little worse for wear. And, of course, the streetcar line is gone.


Kilduffs also has some great stuff on the theater. Check it out.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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