The Buckingham Theatre
A far cry from the multiplex theaters of today, the Buckingham Theatre greeted its customers with a façade that more closely resembled a Colonial style mansion.
Built by the developers of the Buckingham Community in 1939, The Buckingham, as it was known, was the central part of a small shopping center located at the intersection of Glebe Road and Pershing Drive. The building itself was considered to be quite a creative endeavor due to the classic front design which eschewed the usual marquee, neon lighting and signs that were common to other theaters of its time.
The Buckingham played a role in the desegregation movement in Arlington when it was the site of demonstrations against Virginia’s Massive Resistance policies in July 1962. Those arrested were eventually acquitted of all charges.
After a successful run of 47 years, the theater closed in 1986 and was converted to a post office in 1990, which it remains to this day.
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