The arrival of the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club is a boon for Bethesda’s arts and entertainment scene. It also should help make the historic Bethesda Theatre a viable part of the community again, just in time for its 75th anniversary.
History was a big theme during yesterday’s press tour of the revamped theater and club, particularly for Montgomery County native and club owner Rick Brown. Brown’s mother graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School on the theater’s stage in 1947. He remembered going to movies there when it was still a movie theater in the 1950’s.
Brown spoke about the history of the surrounding area to Montgomery Community Media and talked about how the Bethesda Theatre fits in.
Built in 1938, the Streamline Moderne movie theater is on the National Register of Historic Places and thanks to Brown and the Club, it’s in open and running again.
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