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The Washington Coliseum, formerly the Uline Arena in Washington DC


The Washington Coliseum, formerly the Uline Arena, is a historic indoor arena in NE Washington DC that will soon be renovated into a mixed-use property with retail and office space. It is located on 3rd Street NE, directly adjacent to the railroad tracks, just north of Union Station, near Gallaudet University. The massive building was built by ice supplier Miguel Uline to capitalize on the popularity of skating rinks in the 1940s, but is best known because it hosted the Beatles' first U.S. concert in 1964. The building was renamed the Washington Coliseum in 1959 by new ownership and hosted concerts and sporting events including martial arts, ballet, music, circuses, and more. In the 1990s, the Washington Coliseum became a trash transfer station and now it serves as a parking lot.

The DC Preservation League listed the Washington Coliseum in its "Most Endangered Places for 2003" and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. With the rapid development in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington DC, this area is a prime location for a new multi-use property. Douglas Development has owned the Washington Coliseum since 2003 and plans to redevelop the property inserting 3 new floors in the building to allow for 140,000 square feet of office space and 60,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. There will be a 175-car parking garage. The property will be renamed "The Coliseum."


1140 3rd Street NE, Washington, DC. The closest Metro Station is NoMa / Gallaudet U (New York Ave.) See a map

“Beatles Invasion” and an Upcoming Tribute Concert

The Beatles' first concert in North America was held on February 11, 1964 at the Washington Coliseum at 3rd & M Streets, NE in Washington DC.  The sell-out show was attended by 8,092 screaming fans.  This concert began the ‘British Invasion’ and had a great influence on our music and culture for years to come.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic concert, a tribute performance by the nationally renowned band – Beatlemania Now will be held at the Washington Coliseum on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Proceeds from the event will benefit the advocacy and education programs of the DC Preservation League to preserve and protect the historic resources of our nation’s capital.  Tickets are on sale at beatlesyesterdayandtoday.com. Tickets will NOT be available for purchase on-site. 

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