The National Theatre is located in Washington, D.C., and is a venue for a variety of live stage productions with seating for 1,676. Despite its name, it is not a governmentally funded national theatre, but operated by a private, non-profit organization.

This historic playhouse was founded on December 7, 1835, by William Corcoran and other prominent citizens who wanted the national capital to have a first-rate theatre. The theatre's initial production was Man of the World. The theatre has been in almost continuous operation since, at the same Pennsylvania Avenue location a few blocks from the White House. The structure has been rebuilt several times, including partial reconstructions after five fires in the 19th century. The current building, at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, was constructed in 1923, opening in September of that year.



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Founded: 1835/1923
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in United States


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Thomas Simms (11 months ago)
Very nice venue. Sat in balcony with little leg room, I'm 6 feet tall and a little older. Over all nice theater.
Michael “MIkey J” Jacobs (11 months ago)
Not a bad seat in the house. And so easy to get to. Just a couple of blocks from the Metro station.
Yinzú Nairouz (2 years ago)
Almost all of the seats have great views of the stage. The walking distance to the metro is doable, even on a cold winter night. They have several Broadway shows during the year
bellaestrella1 (2 years ago)
The National Theatre always presents top shows touring around the country. Tiered pricing is always reasonable and ranges make it possible for most to attend. The absolute best part of the theater is it's staff - particularly the awesome ushers.
Michelle Garcia (2 years ago)
First week of opening since the pandemic, you can tell the staff needs to get back into the swing of things still. The theater isn't too glitzy, there is enough room between seats, like most theaters its very compact but this was fine. The sounds was good. I don't like that restrooms are only on the second level, what about those on the first! Parking was easy to come by for a decent price. The lobby's are small.
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Tyniec Benedictine abbey was founded by King Casimir the Restorer probably around 1044. Casimir decided to rebuild the newly established Kingdom of Poland, after a Pagan rebellion and a disastrous Czech raid of Duke Bretislaus I (1039). The Benedictines, invited to Tyniec by the King, were tasked with restoring order as well as cementing the position of the State and the Church. First Tyniec Abbot was Aaron, who became the Bishop of Kraków. Since there is no conclusive evidence to support the foundation date as 1040, some historians claim that the abbey was founded by Casimir the Restorer’ son, King Boleslaw II the Generous.

In the second half of the 11th century, a complex of Romanesque buildings was completed, consisting of a basilica and the abbey. In the 14th century, it was destroyed in Tatar and Czech raids, and in the 15th century it was rebuilt in Gothic style. Further remodelings took place in the 17th and 18th centuries, first in Baroque, then in Rococo style. The abbey was partly destroyed in the Swedish invasion of Poland, and soon afterwards was rebuilt, with a new library. Further destruction took place during the Bar Confederation, when Polish rebels turned the abbey into their fortress.

In 1816, Austrian authorities liquidated the abbey, and in 1821-1826, it was the seat of the Bishop of Tyniec, Grzegorz Tomasz Ziegler. The monks, however, did not return to the abbey until 1939, and in 1947, remodelling of the neglected complex was initiated. In 1968, the Church of St. Peter and Paul was once again named the seat of the abbot. The church itself consists of a Gothic presbytery and a Baroque main nave. Several altars were created by an 18th-century Italian sculptor Francesco Placidi. The church also has a late Baroque pulpit by Franciszek Jozef Mangoldt.