Going to the storied music venue in the District’s Shaw neighborhood was a part of growing up for generations of Washingtonians.
Built in 1910, the Howard Theatre was the first legitimate theater in the country open to African Americans, helping to make Washington the early cultural capital of black America as countless acts took the stage. It closed in 1970, a victim of desegregation, competition from larger venues and the 1968 riots. A 1975 reopening lasted only two weeks. Occasional shows followed, but it wasn’t the same. The theater was a go-go palace when it finally closed in the early ’80s. Now the Howard Theatre is set to reopen this week. Joseph Victor Stefanchik/For The Washington Post Buy Photo