Howard Theatre Reopens Its Legendary Doors

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Tumultuous Times

Following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968, riots broke out in Washington, D.C. Located in the heart of the city, the theatre was greatly affected by the violence. Theatre attendance began to drop off until 1970, when it was forced to close its doors. In 2009, the Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc., raised $29 million to revive the historic venue, which had sustained extensive weather damage over the years.

(Photo: Courtesy of Howard Theatre Restoration)

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