February 19, 2010

Howard Theater Documentary

Howard Theater

What do Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, and Roberta Flack have in common? Their careers began at the Howard Theater.

The WBJ reports that next weekend Channel 50 (WDCW) will air Howard Theatre: A Century in Song looking back at the theater’s place in Washington history and music over the past 100 years.

The show’s producers have posted a photo gallery documenting what the theater looks like inside today— if you thought the outside looked trashy, the inside is worse.

The show will air twice on February 27 and once on February 28.  In the meantime, check out this cool time-lapse video tracking the removal of the 1940s plaster façade.

Howard Theatre: A Century in Song

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  1. Makes one wonder why it feel into such disrepair…I hope the documentary covers that. I understand Howard University used to own a lot of the homes in LeDroit Park as well…why did they not manage any of the properties at all? Makes me frustrated really…

    Flagler Pl NW - February 19, 2010 @ 1:32 pm
  2. […] false starts and a tumbled marquee, the Howard Theatre’s renovation is expected to commence on August 22, […]

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