The long-dark, neon "Box Office" sign of the historic Bethesda Theatre was aglow once again on Wisconsin Avenue last night.
Now the home of the Bethesda Blues & Jazz supper club, opening March 1, the building is retaining much of its vintage charm. The styles of automobiles have changed, the old Pizza Hut and other nearby structures have been demolished and replaced. But facing the theater from across Wisconsin, the scene is not all that changed from the 1940s and 50s. Well, okay, there is an apartment building now looming over it.
The historic theatre was built in 1938, and is an example of Streamline Moderne architecture.