Town Theater and downtown development, a bit of e-mail arrived in my inbox from indefatigable researcher Jeff Krulik. Jeff enjoys sending around scans of newspaper movie listing pages from days gone by. On the page from the June 2, 1972, Washington Post, there are several ads for businesses in the Town’s neighborhood that were closed by D.C.’s downtown redevelopment. These two are most prominent on the page and most typical of what the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation sought to abolish.

Strong Bros. Also, the original subhed on the Gayety ad surely read “The most erotic flick of the year.” F-l-i-c-k. The Post was, even more so in 1972, a family newspaper.