In 1910, the Howard Theatre opened as “The Theatre for the People”. Throughout it’s years, it was known to be one of the major venues for black artists. Beset by money problems in a D.C. neighborhood plagued by crime after the riots from the 1960s, it was forced to close in 1980.
After 32 years and a $29 million renovation, the historic landmark in the District of Columbia’s Shaw neighborhood is preparing for an audience as it reopens its doors once more.
On Thursday, a grand opening gala concert will honor Howard Theatre’s past and future with performances from Smokey Robinson and Wanda Sykes. Motown Records founder and producer Berry Gordy will be in attendance as the Howard Theatre begins in a new era functioning as a performing arts hub.
Take a look at the video above which documents the history of the theatre which is located down the hill from Howard University on T Street NW near 7th Street and Florida Avenue.
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