PAGE THREE The MetropoList

PAGE THREE The MetropoList

Thursday, December 4, 2008

We continue our alphabetical march down memory lane, remembering places that have disappeared from the Washington area's landscape.

Mayflower Doughnut Shop

It was diagonally across from the Capitol Theatre and was very popular with theatergoers and shoppers alike. They served the best coffee and doughnuts in town in the 1940s and '50s. Their slogan was "Wherever be your goal, keep your eye upon the doughnut and not upon the hole."

-- Elizabeth Lassiter, Woodbridge

Metropolitan Theater

In 1959, I was 9 years old and my father took me to see my first movie, "Hercules," starring Steve Reeves, at the Metropolitan Theater on Ninth and F Streets NW. I remember that the admission was only 25 cents. That's when I discovered the F Street corridor of movie theaters. The Warner, Loew's Palace, Loew's Capitol, and two blocks away, RKO Keith's and the Trans Lux theater. They were a big part of my childhood. So many movies, so many memories.

-- Kington Chin, Silver Spring

That's where I became an Anglophile and a movie buff by the time I was 6. We used to go there once a week in the early to mid- 60s. They showed mostly British movies, such as "The Titfield Thunderbolt," "The Lavender Hill Mob," "The Night My Number Came Up" and "Reach for the Sky." It had this great soundproofed glass-enclosed balcony for families and served tea and cake during the intermission.

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