02 November 2011 11:30 AM | By Prince Of Petworth [DC neighborhood blog]
I wanted to let you know that an application to nominate the Ontario Theatre for local landmark status has been submitted to the Historic Preservation Office. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, November 17th.
I am working with the team that submitted the nomination to get the word out in the community. While significant in several ways, the theater is of particular importance to Adams Morgan’s historic Latino community, as the site operated as “Teatro Ontario” from 1969-1978. During those years, the Ontario ran exclusively Spanish language films for neighborhood residents – supposedly the only theater between here and Philadelphia to do so. You can read more about the full history of the theater through the links above.
We think the Ontario would be a unique and crucial addition to the local register, as we are reasonably sure that the register does not yet include any sites associated with Adams Morgan’s historic Latino community.
(For the other side of the argument, the owner of the property proposed a five-story, seventy foot mixed use condo development.) …”
Visit the source to see the rest of the article and how the blog’s community is responding to this landmark nomination: http://www.princeofpetworth.com/2011/11/should-the-ontario-theater-in-adams-morgan-be-granted-historic-landmark-status/
Visit this blog for more information about the building: http://www.streetsofwashington.com/2011/10/ontario-theatres-many-past-lives.html