A theater near the Washington Monument in the city’s historic East Village neighborhood is closing.
The Gates Theater, a favorite of D.C. natives, is the last remaining D.U.I. theater in the nation, and its closing comes on the heels of a $100 million renovation of the same space.
The theater’s owner said the decision was made after months of deliberation after the theater suffered “extensive damage” to the property and a lack of funding from the city.
The arts and music industry in D.D.C., the city of Washington and the nation’s capital have been hit by severe cuts since the mid-1990s.
In 2017, the Arts Alliance of the District, a trade group representing more than 30,000 D.O.C.-based arts organizations, estimated that the district lost more than $400 million from 2017 to 2019.
“The arts community has been hit hard in D-20,” said Robert M. Shoup, president of the arts organization, which is funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
“There’s not a lot of space available to us.
We’ve had to lay off staff and staff have been out of work for a year.”
The Arts Alliance estimated that about 50% of the theater’s total budget would be lost as a result of the closure.
Shouters said the closure is a “big blow to the arts and culture industry in Washington.”
“The Gates Theater has a lot to offer,” he said.
“It’s a great theater.
We’re proud of it.”
The Gates opened in 1976 as the “Golden Gate Theatre,” named for the iconic arch in front of the Washington monument.
It’s been closed since May 2018.
The show has been described as the citys first and only independent theatrical production.
The gates are the second-oldest and largest theater in Washington, and the fourth-oldstest in the country, according to the Washington Post.
The venue has been a favorite spot for D.N.C.’s annual D.P.I., the D.A.R.C./D.A., the District’s public schools, the city and some of its wealthiest residents.
The program, in which students and residents attend private schools and receive free admission to the theater, was discontinued after the D,A.C..
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In 2015, the DDC was awarded the National Arts Fund’s National Arts Awards for its role in promoting and supporting arts education.
The D.S.C.; the DSA and other D.
Cs. arts programs, as well as the DDA, are supported by federal funding.
“We know that the Gates has been an outstanding place to be in D.,D.M.D., and D.E.S.,” D.F. and DCA executive director Michael P. Smith said in a statement.
“They have been a beacon for many families who have found the arts to be a way to connect and forge meaningful connections with their communities and their neighbors.”
The DDC is also home to the American Theater Alliance, which runs the National Theatre and is a founding member of the National Association of Theatre Directors.
“This is not about the theater,” Smith said.
“‘The Gates’ has always been a place where you could go to find a safe space, a safe haven, a place to have fun and have some good conversation.
The closure of the Gates is a tremendous loss for the community and the theatre.”
The Blue Gate Theatre was opened in 1979 as a way for Downton Abbey fans to enjoy the show.
The iconic marquee of the theatre was designed by architect John W. Ogden and is located on the first floor of the former Eastgate Hotel.
The Blue Gates opened its doors to the public in 1985.
In the 1980s, the theater was considered one of the most successful in the district.
It had more than 5,000 seats, including several sections for the film and television production, as part of a partnership with Paramount Pictures and the National Board of Review.
The theatre had a major role in the making of the HBO television series “Game of Thrones,” which ran from 2007 to 2011.
The building was sold in 2014 to the DVA for $2.7 million, and is now part of the DBA/National Endowment of the Arts’ D.T.A.-supported “New Theatre Center.”