The Howard Theatre

The Howard Theatre opened its doors in August in 1910 and featured live theatre, talent shows and vaudeville. The careers of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, The Supremes and Marvin Gaye are said to have begun at this venue. The Howard Theatre is located in the Shaw/U Street neighborhood that was hailed at one time as the nation's Black Broadway in addition to being the home of social bulbs, jazz houses, theaters and religious organizations. During the time of segregation, the theatre provided a safe haven where anyone could perform regardless of musical style or color of the musician. The theatre re-opened in April 2012 with a $29 million dollar renovation with a state of the art acoustic system, black walnut walls, oak floors and granite from Brazil along with 10 foot video screens. There is a balconied interior space with the flexibility to accommodate 600 plus for dining or 1000 plus for standing room. The theatre style is likened to a combination of Renaissance and Neoclassical design. A full dining menu is available for patrons that includes American style cuisine combined with classic soul foods such as corn bread, collard greens and shrimp with grits. Venue doors open 2 hours before showtime for all seated shows and seating is available on a first come first seated basis. Prepaid parking is also available. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance for dining. Tickets for events may be purchased at the box office, by phone or online.

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  • The Howard Theatre
  • 620 T Street NW
  • Washington, DC, DC
  • (800) 653-8000
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