DC Neighborhood Projects: Howard Theatre

Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc. and Ellis Development Group is currently spearheading a $29 million renovation of the Howard Theatre located near the corner of 7th and T Streets, NW in the Shaw neighborhood. The Grand Opening Gala and Tribute Concert to be held on Thursday, April 12, 2012.

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What is the Howard Theatre?
The Howard Theatre opened in August 22, 1910 as the hub for African-American performances in music, dance, drama, and comedy. At that time it was “the largest colored theatre in the world,” with speakers like Booker T. Washington and performances by Duke Ellington, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, etc. Unfortunately, the Howard Theatre eventually closed following the 1968 riots.

What is the restoration plan?
The plan is to reconstruct the 1910 façade with its original 17 windows and include the following: “a medium-sized stage and seating for 500-600 patrons, upscale food and beverage services to “complement a destination entertainment experience,” and community-use spaces such as classrooms and recording studios.” (CityPaper)

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