Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Just three years ago, only the longest-tenured Washingtonians could recall that the dilapidated and unmarked building at Wiltberger and T streets Northwest was once the cultural epicenter of what was then the nation's largest urban black population. Now, $29 million and countless man hours later, the Howard Theatre once again stands as the premier entertainment destination in the Shaw neighborhood.
Mr. Ellis says that the theater already is breaking even and is on a path to profitability.
"Going forward, we really believe that we want to be the place for the next great artists," Mr. Ellis said. "The purpose of the Howard is to showcase these great artists of tomorrow. We plan on giving young people locally in the metro area the opportunity to be discovered. They'll never sound any better than they do at the Howard."