Situated in Washington, D.C., The Howard Theatre is a historic theater that opened in 1910. It has held a lot of cultural significant to the city, so much so that it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
In its peak, The Howard Theater was known for catering to an African-American clientele, and had played host to many of the great black musical artists of the early and mid-twentieth century. The Howard Theatre was billed as the “Theater of the People,” and supported two theatrical organizations, the Lafayette Players and the Howard University Players. Extensive renovations began in September 2010 to restore the theater to its former glory. The theater reopened on April 9, 2012 to headline acts like Wanda Sykes, Blue Oyster Cult, and Chaka Khan, all appearing in the first month since reopening.