First Lady Grace Coolidge Visits the Tivoli Theater in Columbia Heights

Grace Coolidge at the Tivoli Theater Girl Scouts benefit (1925)
Grace Coolidge at the Tivoli Theater Girl Scouts benefit (November 7th, 1925)

Michelle Obama isn’t the only first lady to set foot in Columbia Heights. Grace Coolidge took the drive up 14th St. to attend a benefit for the Girl Scouts at the Tivoli Theater. The Washington Post reported the event on October 31st, 1925.

MRS. COOLIDGE will be the guest of honor of the children of Washington this morning at the inaugural performance of the second season of selected programs for children in the Tivoli theater. The film will be Sir J. M. Barrie‘s “Peter Pan,” …

Mrs. Coolidge, who is the honorary president of the Girl Scouts of America, will aid their drive by attending the benefit performance Saturday morning, November 7, in the Tivoli theater, which will open the week of the drive, and will wear her uniform.

This was the first film adaptation of Barrie’s play, originally released in December 1924. I found a great clip on YouTube, so check that out below.

Amazing … and how quaint. I imagine the girls loved this film. The special effects are amazing and the fake dog is even better.

Wikipedia even had the original movie promotion poster, which would have hung on the sides of the Tivoli.

J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan by Paramount Pictures (1924)
J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan by Paramount Pictures (1924)

Take a look at the elegant official White House portrait of Mrs. Coolidge.

Grace Coolidge - Official White House portrait, 1924 (Wikipedia)
Grace Coolidge - Official White House portrait, 1924 (Wikipedia)

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