The National Sylvan Theater

Title

The National Sylvan Theater

Description

The National Sylvan Theater, located on the grounds of the Washington Monument, was the first federally funded theater in the United States. The modest stage hosts 10,000 spectators who come to the Mall to enjoy more than 100 events hosted here each year. These cultural gatherings include plays, classical music, and ceremonies. One of the most popular events occurs each August, when the Presidential Salute Battery of the 3rd US Infantry performs Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture."

Source

US Army. View original.

Date

04/04/1917 (Dedicated)

Coverage

Physical Description

Wooden stage 80 feet wide, 30 feet deep; two wings, each 30 square feet.

Location

450 feet southeast of Washington Monument

Description

The National Sylvan Theater, located on the grounds of the Washington Monument, was the first federally funded theater in the United States. The modest stage hosts 10,000 spectators who come to the Mall to enjoy more than 100 events hosted here each year. These cultural gatherings include plays, classical music, and ceremonies. One of the most popular events occurs each August, when the Presidential Salute Battery of the 3rd US Infantry performs Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture."

Date

04/04/1917 (Dedicated)

Coverage

1890-1919

Source

US Army. View original.