Hundreds turn out for historic theater’s reopening ceremony.
April 9. 2012 A crowd gathers in Northwest Washington for a community day event that marks the grand reopening of the historic Howard Theatre. The theater, which originally opened in 1910, was the first facility of its kind to cater to black audiences, making it a cultural mecca for African Americans. It once hosted musical stars such as Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin and James Brown, but it was closed for 30 years prior to a $29 million renovation. Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post Buy Photo