Luther Reason Ray

The Circle Theatre
Luther R. Ray Architect
Vitrolite Products Washington
created 1935

The Circle was located at 2105 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC. It was torn down in the 1980s.
In his younger days, my dad took advantage of their low priced ticketbook – also popular with homeless in the area.

I wonder if Ray was an Eddie Cantor fan?

More info on the Circle

The theater name isn’t on this one- can anyone identify it? Likely in DC, possibly in Maryland. Probably long since bulldozed.

According to the plan, the front would be walnut agate vitrolite, precast stone and stainless.


Hahn’s Shoes
The placement of all the windows and dimensions look almost identical to their 1891 store at 7th and K streets Washington, which burned in 1937.
Source: Shorpy

Alterations to the Hilltop Market – Meats – Groceries
Hilltop Market, 5706 Georgia Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.


Carr Bros and Boswell
71 Maryland Avenue, Hyattsville, Maryland


Super A&P market

Hymie’s Restaurant – Washington DC

Today, my dad and I tracked down and photographed what used to be Hymie’s Restaurant, an old homebuilt diner in Washington, DC.



I couldn’t find much on it, other than that it was owned by Mary Hyman and her husband, and that it was held up in 1970.

According to the court transcripts:

At approximately 1:20 P.M. on May 11, 1970, two men, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun, held up Hymie’s Restaurant and Carry-Out at 4408 Arkansas Avenue, N.W., in Washington. The man with the shotgun remained at the door of the restaurant while the other man entered the store and told the proprietress, Mrs. Mary Hyman, to put the money from the cash register in a bag. She complied, placing approximately $86.00 in a bag, which the man took. She noticed that this man was short, very dark, and that his head was cleanshaven. The robbers then left the store and escaped.

The only other record of it is found here, and reads:
Hymie’s Restaurant on Arkansas Avenue and Allison Streets NW. The
BEST cheeseburger for miles and Mr. and Mrs.
Hyman were the nicest proprietors of a business you’d ever want to
meet. It is now an auto parts store…

The signage currently reads, Andre’s Auto Sales, but there’s a for rent sign up, with the phone number, (301)-649-2361.