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The Cellar Door, which briefly became the Door in 1981 before closing, was on 34th Street NW in Georgetown.
The Cellar Door, which briefly became the Door in 1981 before closing, was on 34th Street NW in Georgetown. (By John Mcdonnell -- The Washington Post)
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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Here's the latest of your memories of places that have disappeared from the Washington area landscape. (Next week, Chez Odette and the Circle Theater.)

The Cellar Door

James Taylor was playing, my older brother took me, we had a front-row table, and I drank my very first rum and Coke. It was a magical evening. The atmosphere at the Cellar Door was incomparable to anything I have ever experienced.

-- Wendy Stetter, Gaithersburg

I believe the year was 1973. My cousin was playing guitar in Delaney Bramlett's band, which was headlining at the Cellar Door. The opening act? A very young and stylish performer who was a huge hit with the small audience: Jimmy Buffett. What a night!

-- Jack Rudolph, Ellicott City

On a frigid January evening, my college roommate and I stood alone in front of the Cellar Door. We were first in line for John Denver's second show that night. Two Georgetown University men walked up and asked what we were doing. Then one said, "You girls are hookers, aren't you?" My friend said, "You wish." And we all laughed.

-- Linda Ragsdale, Springfield

A friend invited me to go with him to Georgetown to the Cellar Door to see a new act. We went, excited at the thought of seeing Bill Crosby, whom we assumed to be one of Bing Crosby's sons. Imagine our surprise to find not a singer of dubious quality, but some college stand-up comedian from Philadelphia. Hmm, big difference between Crosby and Cosby.

-- Penny West Suritz, McLean


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