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Ford's Theatre

Check out the shows playing at Ford's Theatre in Washington DC.

Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., is famously known as the theatre where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated while watching a performance of “Our American Cousin” in 1865. The theatre first opened in 1863, was later used as a warehouse, and was renovated and reopened as a theatre in 1968.

In 2009, restoration experts and historians remodeled the theater to its early 19th-century glory with stall seating, a dress circle, and a balcony. The presidential box has replica furniture and wallpaper imitating the space where Lincoln enjoyed twelve productions at the theater during his presidency.

The year-round theatre, located just half a mile from the White House, is dedicated to producing works that celebrate the legacy of Lincoln and the history and culture of the United States. In partnership with the National Parks Service, the historic theater also operates an exhibit and house museum that explore Lincoln’s presidency, the Civil War, and the infamous assassination.

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