Second act for DC's Howard Theatre
Those looking for homes for sale in Washington, DC, could see new music performances as the district continues to expand its cultural opportunities. The Wall Street Journal reports a 102-year-old theater recently reopened its doors to start a new chapter in the metro's history.
In April 2012, the Blue Note Entertainment Group unveiled new renovations to The Howard Theatre after spending two years and $29 million to reconstruct the historic venue. This venue served as a musical mecca within the community in the past, featuring acts including Boys II Men, Chaka Kahn and Smokey Robinson.
The news source notes the theater was considered a hot spot in Washington's U Street corridor. This building, which had been vacant for three decades, may provide opportunities for local performers and new residents.
Artists and musicians may take advantage of the chance to showcase their talents in front of audiences of all ages.
"You played the Apollo, you played the Royal Theater in Baltimore and you played the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.," actress and singer Leslie Uggams, who had performed at The Howard Theatre in the 1950s when she was 10 years old, told the news source. "If you were asked to play there, that meant you had arrived."
Additionally, a cultural revitalization may draw more people to the city, which could improve the local economy and real estate market. The district could become an attractive spot for those interested in checking out a hip, historic theater experience.