The National Theatre
" The mission of the National Theatre is to be the Stage for the Nation. Building on its 1835 foundation and legacy as a cornerstone of American theatre history, the National Theatre serves the community by presenting the highest caliber performing arts, promotes Metropolitan Washington as a vibrant cultural destination, and contributes to the economic vitality of the Nation’s capital."
About The National Theatre
The National Theatre has hosted presidential inaugural balls, world premieres of landmark American musicals, presidential command performances of national artistic merit, and the first presentation of the coveted Helen Hayes Award. Lincoln learned of his nomination to a second term while attending a performance at The National Theatre and ominously witnessed the Washington debut of John Wilkes Booth in the title role in Shakespeare’s Richard III. The theater has played a significant role in national events, boosting public moral in times of conflict and serving as a focal point in the struggle for civil rights in the 20th century. For almost 200 years, Washington’s historic National Theatre has occupied a prominent position on Pennsylvania Avenue – “America’s Main Street”. Located a stone’s throw from the White House and bordering the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site, The National Theatre is the historic cultural center for the performing arts in our nation’s capital and the oldest enterprise on Pennsylvania Avenue continuously operating in its original designated capacity.
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Transportation & Parking
Parking fees in the downtown area vary widely, from meters and park-it-yourself lots to valet parking at nearby hotels. Handicapped parking is available at each parking location such as PMI Parking Garage (1220 E Street, NW). Meters in the area near the theater now allow parking for up to two hours.