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Ford's Theatre


Ford's Theatre

at E St NW 511 Tenth Street, N.W. Washington DC 20004

Events at this venue were rated 4.4 by 1349 members.

Ford's Theatre is a live, working theatre located in downtown Washington, DC. As a living tribute to President Abraham Lincoln's love of the performing arts, Ford's Theatre produces musicals and plays that embody family values, underscore multiculturalism, and illuminate the eclectic character of American life.

On April 14, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth will attending a show at Ford's Theatre. This national tragedy caused the theatre to be closed to performances, and over the next 90 years the governement used it as an office building, warehouse and museum. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a Congressional act to restore the Theatre. Reconstruction began ten years later, and a beautifully restored Ford's Theatre reopened in 1968 with the play John Brown's Body.

For nearly three decades Frankie Hewitt was the driving force behind the dynamic new chapter in Ford's history. Lobbying first to have the structure renovated as a working theatre as well as a museum, then building new audiences, enriching the fabric of Washington's downtown theatre scene and developing new American theatre works. Ford's Theatre strives to continue this legacy both as a tribute to Frankie Hewitt as well as for the preservation of this important theatrical landmark.

One desperate act assigned Ford's a permanent place in the history of our nation. Ford's Theatre Society has gone beyond that tragedy to reclaim the Theatre as a national treasure and to transform it into a celebration of America's cultural heritage.

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Map and Directions

From Maryland (Baltimore):

Take Hwy 295 south to New York Avenue (right exit). Follow New York Avenue as number streets get smaller and then larger again. Continue to 5th Street, NW. Turn left onto 5th Street. Continue on 5th until you get to F Street, NW. Turn right onto F Street. At 10th Street, turn left. The theatre is half way down the block on the left side.

From Maryland (Northwest, DC):

From the Beltway (Hwy 495) take the Georgia Avenue exit South. Stay in the right hand lane taking the split to 16th Street, NW. Follow 16th Street for quite a ways into downtown. Continue through the alphabet streets until you reach K Street. Turn left onto K Street and then right onto 11th Street, NW. Turn left onto F Street, NW and then right onto 10th Street, NW.

From Virginia (Richmond):

Take Interstate 95 to Hwy 395 north to Washington, DC. Follow 395 over the 14th Street Bridge and continue past the National Mall. Turn right onto F Street, NW and then right onto 10th Street.

From Virginia (Fairfax):

Take Hwy 66 and cross the Roosevelt Bridge. Follow the signs for Constitution Avenue. Continue on Constitution Avenue until 12th Street, NW. Turn left onto 12th Street and then turn right onto F Street, NW. Continue on F Street, NW and then right onto 10th Street.

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Handicap Information

Wheelchair accessible seating is available. Please contact us to arrange this.

Handicap seating is regularly available.

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