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Photo by: ANDREW HARNIK

James Patterson, who has run a home improvement business next door to the Howard Theatre for 44 years and worked for the theatre from 1961 until it closed its doors sits in his office surrounded by photographs of friends and family, Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 5, 2012. The redesigned historic Howard Theatre is set to reopens with a ribbon cutting Monday and an opening night gala on Thursday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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