Tour Ford's Theatre at Night

The best time to view the theater at night, so plan accordingly!

Ford's Theatre was built in 1864, making it one of the oldest theaters in Washington D.C., and is located at 1512 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20001. It is named after Henry Ford, who donated money to build the theater. The building is now owned by the National Park Service, which operates it as part of the Lincoln Memorial.
The main attraction of the theater is its architecture. It was designed by architect John Russell Pope and is considered by many to be his masterpiece. He used a classical style, similar to what you would find in Greece or Rome. He did this because he wanted to show respect for Abraham Lincoln, who had been assassinated just four years earlier.
Another interesting thing about the theater is that it was originally called "theatre" until President Theodore Roosevelt changed it to "Lincoln Theater." This change happened when he visited the theater during the dedication ceremony of the memorial. He said, "I am glad we have a theater here. We should call it 'Theater' rather than 'Capitol.'"
There are two things that make the theater unique. First, there is a balcony above the stage where people can sit and watch performances. Second, there is a special room called "the green room," where actors go before going onstage. There are also several rooms behind the scenes that visitors cannot see. One such room is called "the president's box," which is reserved for presidents and their families.
Ford's theatre is open daily from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas Day). Admission is free, but reservations are required. You can reserve tickets online through Ticketmaster, or you can buy them in person at the box office.

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    The other more unfortunate thing Ford's Theatre is known for is the place where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, which to some people, makes the theatre an intriguing destination to visit in the spookiness of night!
    Lincoln died at 7:22 p.m. EST on April 15, 1865, when John Wilkes Booth fatally shot him in his boarding house at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C.
    Ford's Theater is located at 511 10th Street NW, Washington DC 20004.
    To get there from the White House take Pennsylvania Avenue south until you reach 15th St. Then turn right onto E St. Go north one block and turn left onto 12th St. Continue west until you see F street which is where you want to go. 
    Please note, there is no parking available. The easiest and most interesting way to see the theater at night is to book one of our exciting national mall night tours with stops at the Ford's Theatre!


This handy Google Map will show you where Ford's Theatre is located in relation to the rest of the National Mall. Book a tour with us and see Ford's Threature at tonight!