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Opened in 1835 originally, the theater was demolished and rebuilt in 1923. Deceased actor John McCullough’s spirit has appeared here in the role of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. According to local stories, the actor was murdered here in the 1880s by another actor. The ghost has been seen as far back as 1896 by Frederic Bond, a friend of McCullough’s.

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1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC
United States

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38.896452, -77.03085399999998
Nearest Towns:
Washington, D. C., DC (0.3 mi.)
Arlington, VA (4.1 mi.)
Mount Rainier, MD (4.7 mi.)
Chillum, MD (5.1 mi.)
Brentwood, MD (5.1 mi.)
Queenstown, MD (5.2 mi.)
Colmar Manor, MD (5.2 mi.)
Cottage City, MD (5.3 mi.)
Claremont, VA (5.4 mi.)
North Brentwood, MD (5.4 mi.)


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