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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Operator Sought for Howard Theatre

I came across this Craigslist ad by Howard Theatre Restoration seeking a "restaurant and music venue operator" for the historic theater. In whole, the ad reads:
30000ft² - Great Space for Lease! (Washington)

Howard Theatre Restoration is seeking an experienced, credit-worthy and established restaurant and music venue operator (“Operator”) to participate in the redevelopment of the Howard Theatre. The Operator will play a significant role in the physical and conceptual design of the venue and will enter into a long-term lease for the facility. The Theatre will be designed with flexible cabaret-style seating to accommodate sit-down dinner entertainment, general admission/standing concerts, fundraisers, social galas and banquets, corporate functions, community events, and the like. The Operator will be responsible for managing and coordinating the restaurant and entertainment operations. Approximately 30,000 SF for lease.

The historic Howard Theatre, a national treasure, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the first and oldest major African American theatre in the United States. The Howard Theatre was built in 1910, designed by architect J. Edward Storck, and remains a cultural landmark for African Americans, the Shaw community and Washington, DC. Thousands of patrons attended performances, oftentimes waiting hours to see a vaudeville show or movie and to hear their favorite band or jazz singer. The Howard is located in the heart of the Shaw/U Street neighborhood which is experiencing tremendous retail and residential growth and is quickly becoming one of the District’s hottest neighborhoods.

Horizon Real Estate Group, LLC
Malik Ellis 301-486-3737 x301


Anonymous said...

wow... if the powers that be have to resort to listings on craigslist for an operator I see this project in serious jeopardy....

Alan said...

"Theatre In The City" Read it at

Peoples District said...

Thought you might appreciate this story that I collected on The Howard Theater from someone in the neighborhood.