Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Country: United States of America
State: District of Columbia
City: Washington
Location: 2700 F Street NW

Built 1964-1967 for the federal government as national center for the performing arts. Officiall opened 8 Sep 1971 as "John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts". Named in honour of President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).

The complex contains three main theatres and several other halls:

  • Opera House. Opened 5 Sep 1971 with Leonard Bernstein's "Mass". Ca. 2200 seats.
  • Concert Hall. Opened 9 Sep 1971 with a concert of the National Symphony Orchestra. 2442 seats.
  • Eisenhower Theater. Opened 18 Oct 1971 with Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House". 1163 seats.
  • Terrace Theater. Built in the late 1970s by Philip Johnson. 513 seats.
  • Family Theater. Built 2005, replacing the American Film Institute Theater. Opened 9 Dec 2005. 324 seats.
  • Theater Lab. 399 seats.
  • Millennium Stage.

Notable world premieres:

  • Alberto Ginastera: Beatrix Cenci (10 Sep 1971)
  • Arthur Miller: The Archbishop's Ceiling (30 Apr 1977)

Links: www.kennedy-center.org, Wikipedia

Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Front Text: sign: "Site of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing ARts. The center will belong to every American."
Reverse Text: "Tom Sawyer Project. Friends of Kennedy Center. Murals painted by children from all over the world on the construction fence at the site of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Center, which will have theaters for opera, ballet, conerts, drama and filme is being built in Washington, D. C."
Publisher: Capsco, Washington
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Washington, D.C. to Ramsgate (England), 1967

Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Reverse Text: "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, D.C. 20566"
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Sent: from Washington, D.C. to Dallas TX, 2000

Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Reverse Text: "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, D.C. 20566"
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Reverse Text: "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, D.C. 20566, River Terrace"
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Reverse Text: "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. View from across the Potomac River showing the U. S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial."
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Picture: Opera House
Reverse Text: "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, D.C. 20566. The Opera House. The Opera House seats 2,200 people and is paneled in red silk. The stage curtain is the gift of Japan and the chandelier is the gift of Austria."
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Picture: Opera House, chandelier
Reverse Text: "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, D.C. 20566. Chandelier - Opera House. The chandelier in the Opera House is the figt of Austria. It is 50 feet in diameter with more than 130 crystal elements, 2,000 bulbs and was made by Lobmeyr."
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Picture: Eisenhower Theater
Reverse Text: "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, D.C. 20566. The Eisenhower Theater. The Theater seats 1100 and was named in honor of President and Mrs. Eisenhower. President Eisenhower signed the National Cultural Center Act, which created the Center, in 1958. The stage curtain is the gift of Canada and was designed by Mme. Mariette Rousseau-Vermette."
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Picture: Concert Hall
Reverse Text: "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, D.C. 20566. The Concert Hall. The Concert Hall seats 2,750. The 11 crystal chandeliers and matching sconces are the gifts of Norway. The Filene Organ, with over 4,000 pipes, is the gift of Mrs. Jouett Shouse and was made by the Aeolian Skinner Co. The stage was given in memory of John Philip Sousa by band associations across the country."
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Picture: Terrace Theater
Front Text: "Kennedy Center", "Terrace Theater"
Reverse Text: "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, D.C. 20566. The Terrace Theater, designed by Philip Johnson, seats 500 people and was the Bicentennial gift to the Center from the people and government of Japan."
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Picture: Grand Foyer with Kennedy bust
Reverse Text: "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, D.C. The Grand Foyer, measuring 630 feet long, one of the largest rooms in the world. Guided tours daily 10:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m."
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Picture: Kennedy bust in the Grand Foyer
Front Text: "The Kennedy Center"
Reverse Text: "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, D.C. The John F. Kennedy bronze bust, Robert Berks, Sculptor"
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Picture: Hall of Nations
Reverse Text: "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, D.C. 20566. The Hall of Nations is oe of two great halls running through the enter from the Entrance Plaza to the GRand Foyer. The flags of the Nations recognized diplomatically by the United States and those of the U.S. and U.N. are displayed in this hall."
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Picture: North Lounge of the Concert Hall
Reverse Text: "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, D.C. 20566. North Lounge - Concert Hall. The lounge, designed by Raphael Blumenfeld, is the gift of the State of Israel. The theme is Judaism from Biblical times to the present. The ceiling was painted by Shraga Weil and the end wall, based on Psalm 150, was carved by Nechemia Azaz."
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Picture: sculpture in the Orchestra Lobby of the Concert Hall
Reverse Text: "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, D.C. 20566. Orchestra Lobby - Concert Hall. The stainless steel sculpture is the gift of Switzerland. It is called 'Apolo X, 1970' and is by Willy Weber."
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Picture: chandelier in the South Lounge of the Opera House
Reverse Text: "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, D.C. 20566. South Lounge - Opera HOuse. The Waterford Chandelier is the gift of Ireland. It ismade up of over 4,000 crystal drops and weighs 1,008 pounds."
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Picture: Don Quixote sculpture outside Kennedy Center
Reverse Text: "The Kennedy Center. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The dramatic sculpture of Cervante's fictional hero, Don Quixote, astride his charger, Rosinante, is comprised of sixty-six (66) tons of bronze, stone, and pink marble. The work of Aurelio Teno, it is Spain's gift to the Kennedy Center."
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Picture: bronze relief at the Entrance Plaza
Reverse Text: "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, D.C. 20566. Bronze Relief - Entrance Plaza. 'America', one of two bronze reliefs given by Germany. They represent the artist Juergen Weber's impression of the Western World."
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Picture: Hall of Nations
Reverse Text: "The Kennedy Center. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The colorful flags of more than 160 countries contrast the fine Iatlian marble that lines the floors and walls of the Hall of Nations."
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Front Text: "Israeli Lounge Ceiling. The Kennedy Center. Washington, DC"
Reverse Text: "The Kennedy Center. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Detail of the work of artist Shraga Weil painted on the ceiling of the Israeli lounge."
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Front Text: "African Lounge. The Kennedy Center. Washington, DC"
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Front Text: "Terrace Theater. The Kennedy Center. Washington, DC"
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Washington, D.C.: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Front Text: "Eisenhower Theater. The Kennedy Center. Washington, DC"
Reverse Text: "The Kennedy Center. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Eisenhower Theater, named in honor of President Dwight D. Eisenhower who advocated the building of a national cultural center, houses hundreds of drama, comedy, and dance performances each season. Since the Kennedy Center's opening in 1971, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, James Earl Jones, Henry Fonda and Elizabeth Taylor are just a fewof the many talents to have performed on the Eisenhower stage."
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