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Best Unique Venues in Washington DC

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SAX

An evening of bewitching entertainment along with some tantalizing French fare is what awaits you at the Sax. Located in the heart of Washington, this place is open until the late hours of night with a line up of performances that will blow your mind. Guests can expect a variety of acts, including cabaret, burlesque and acrobatics. They also host various events that involve active participation from the guests, like masquerade parties, champagne cocktail hours, burlesque Sunday brunches and more.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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Ford's Theatre

An iconic theater, Ford's Theatre is recognized as the place where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14th, 1865. A century later on January 1968, the theater was reopened again for a performance after being under the management of numerous government organizations including the United States Department of War and National Park Service. Also found within the Ford's Theatre is a Lincoln Museum that displays artifacts from the assassination, including the gun Lincoln was shot with. Mementos from Lincoln's life are also on display.

Washington, DC, United States
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District of Columbia Arts Center

Two theater companies, Theatre Conspiracy and Fraudulent Productions, have their home in this arts center in Adams-Morgan. With their offbeat and frequently controversial exhibits, both companies are known for experimental theater in the style of "off-off-Broadway." Theatre Conspiracy features cutting-edge feminist works with a focus on women and their roles in society. Plays by experimental but firmly established writers such as Peter Handke, Guenter Grass and Karel Capek have also been staged here.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

This successful company is one of the top local theaters in the city. With a focus on new works and playwrights, Woolly Mammoth is regarded as an artistically adventurous theater with little fear of either controversy or experimentation. Washington audiences are especially fond of Woolly Mammoth's preview performances, which include discussions of the work with a generous pay-what-you-can policy. Other community-oriented programs include a number of projects designed for area youth-at-risk, teacher-enrichment and eight free public readings of new plays each year. Woolly Mammoth also runs a popular program of acting classes through its Theatre School.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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Discovery Theater

A popular children's institution in DC, Discovery Theater is located in the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall. Live theater performances are presented, including several original works, along with puppetry, dance, storytelling and music. These performances are excellent educational entertainment for children and might spark an interest in the arts. All performances are open to the public, however, advanced reservations are recommended for groups and families.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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AMC Loews Uptown 1

This single-screen cinema is Washington's choice for big film premieres. The theater's popularity is due to its enormous curved screen, one of the largest in the region, and balcony seating. If you want to see a movie here, plan ahead because tickets sell fast. People often start lining up in front of the theater several hours before show time.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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