Howard Theater Renovation Progressing Nicely in Shaw

Wow – wild to see it and compare it to what it looked like in Dec. ’10. Grand opening at 7th and T St, NW is set for April, 2012. More info here. Hopefully the administrators of the site will learn from the nearby Lincoln theater’s travails.

It is so nice to see this beauty coming back to life.

And I’m super psyched for my friend Sean who has been chosen to design a trumpet for a sculpture out front. Read all about his project here. Congrats Sean!

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  • It’s about time. But is it going to be used? Are any events booked for it in the future? Hope it won’t end up like the Lincoln.

  • Nice to see this facade coming back to life!

  • Quite an improvement from when the building was featured in “Mars Attacks”.

  • My loins tingle each time I walk by this place.

  • WOW – haven’t been by here in a few weeks, amazing improvement!

  • huge improvement, yes, but has anyone looked at it up close? i walk by it everyday on the way to work and it looks like a cheap stick on facade… by all means, better than a month ago, but i hope it gets better

  • I actually have to sort of agree. I’m very hopeful for the finished product, but there’s something about it that makes it look a little fake.

    Almost like a cheap Home Depot flip!!!!!!!!!

    • And it’s too far from the metro

    • I agree that it looks a little cheap, but I didn’t think that was the finished product. I assumed that more would be done to either the front, or the sides to make it look more complete. Part of the problem is the jarring difference between the front and sides.

      More importantly, the concerns about it ending up like the Lincoln are real. I hope they use it for a wide variety of performances (theater, music, comedy)–that might keep it viable.

      • The unfinished sides will be less noticeable when Progression Place is built up and there is just a narrow alleyway between the two buildings.

        Does anyone know what kind of acts/events they are trying to lure to this venue? Their website and an article I read make it look like it might be devoted to jazz. Is there honestly a market for that?

    • $299K, tops. But there will probably be some sucker who pays more.

  • Yeah, we all hope that “they” will run it better than the Lincoln, but “they” probably are going to fail because “they” didn’t realize that there is a whole lot of competition for people’s disposable income and “they” won’t be able to find enough interesting entertainment to bring people at night to what is still a sketchy neighborhood. “They” have not thought this through.

    • A sketch neighborhood, LOL! Shaw isn’t Adams-Morgan or Columbia Heights, where the major scary sketch is going on.

  • I know when you move to DC you lose your right to Congressional representation and competent government, but DC hasn’t warn me down that much that seeing millions of tax dollars going into a theater blocks away from a failing theater leaves me unaffected.

  • Seems like the theory here is “build it and they will come”….not a really great management plan IMHO :(

  • A lot of the money was raised through donations and private funding. http://www.howardtheatre.org/support.html

  • i’m thrilled to see some activity in this pocket of shaw.

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