Owner Sidney Lust opened the 1,000-seat Hyattsville Theater at 5612 Baltimore Ave. on Nov. 21, 1939, with a gala featuring floodlights, a band and state dignitaries.
The inaugural show, What A Life, cost attendees 35 cents. The theater, designed by internationally-known architect John Eberson, had a blue and brown color scheme. The theater closed in 1965 and was demolished the following year.
Now, a vastly different commodity sits where the theater once stood. If you were standing one block south of the remodled Lustine Center looking at the area now, you would see a row of shops with townhomes above them.
A special thank you to resident Andra Damron for facilitiating this photo and information.