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As one of the country's oldest live music venues built specifically for African-American performers and audiences, the Howard Theatre helped define the greatest cultural and musical phenomenon of the twentieth century, namely jazz and rhythm & blues. From 1910 until it closed in the early 1980's, The Howard Theatre was a cultural icon for the African-American community. Long before segregation became illegal, "The Theatre for the People" was a place where music lovers, regardless of race, could gather to see, hear and enjoy the best in entertainment.

The shuttering of the Howard Theatre left a void in the Washington, D.C. community and the soul of a nation, but dreams for a reopening will soon be realized! After raising $29 million, Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc. will open the doors once again April 9, 2012. But with the re-opening comes a new challenge: ensuring the success of the Howard Theatre.

We need your help now more than ever.

We ask you, "The People," to join our non-profit organization, Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc., to help us extend the vision for what the theatre will be, to go beyond construction and re-opening, and to ensure the theatre once again becomes a vital cultural center, endowed with the resources to engage the community and educate a new generation of artists.

The Howard Theatre Capital Campaign's goal is to raise $5 million to construct and endow the 12,000 square foot Howard Theatre Education and Cultural Center that will house the Howard Theatre Museum, classrooms, a listening library, offices, a recording studio, conference rooms, and a donor lounge. This new facility, to be constructed directly adjacent to the south end of the Howard Theatre, will enable the Howard Theatre to connect with schoolchildren, the community, and the world at large for years to come.

Support the Howard Theatre today.

Architect's illustration of the Howard Theatre Education and Cultural Center; view from Wiltberger Street, NW.

Everyone can support the rebirth of The Howard Theatre. Here's how you can contribute:
Make individual or corporate donations
Whether $1 or $1M, every donation helps. Donate online or mail your check, payable Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc., to:

Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc.
620 T Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20001

Or call 202-588-5595

HTR will host community and fundraising events throughout the year.
Wide ranges of volunteer opportunities are available – from administrative support to participation on various committees.
Share Your Memories
Do you have old ticket stubs, program books, posters or photos from the Howard Theatre? If so, bring them by our office today and throughout the year so that we can document them. Replicas of the memorabilia will be displayed in the Howard Theater and on the Howard Theatre Web site.
Tell Your Story
Visit our office and share your stories about the Howard Theatre on video.  These stories will be archived and used to promote the restoration initiative.

Pavers & Engravings
Put your name with the Walk of Fame! Engrave your name or tribute into the walkways in front and along the side of the restored Howard Theatre.
Click here to learn more.

Pavers & Engravings
Put your name with the Walk of Fame!

Engrave your name or tribute into the walkways in front and along the side of the restored Howard Theatre.

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