Arena Stage is a not-for-profit regional theater based in Southwest Washington, D.C. It was a pioneer in 1950 of the Regional Theater Movement. Its first home was the Hippodrome Theatre, a former movie house. In 1956, the company moved into the gymnasium of the old Heurich Brewery in Foggy Bottom; the theater was nicknamed “The Old Vat.” In 1960, the company moved into its current, custom-built complex. The theater company’s home is near the Washington, D.C., waterfront on the Potomac River, at 1101 Sixth Street SW.