Warner Theatre (Washington, D.C.)
Warner Theatre in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
|Address||513 13th Street, N.W.|
|Architect||C. Howard Crane|
|Owned by||The Kaempfer Company|
|Operated by||Live Nation|
|Previous names||Earle Theatre|
|Current use||music venue|
Originally named the Earle Theatre, it was built in 1924 as a movie palace presenting live vaudeville and first run silent movies. It was designed by theatre architect C. Howard Crane of Detroit. It had a rooftop garden, basement ballroom, and restaurant.
On August 12, 1943, the movie This Is the Army premiered there. In 1945, the theater began showing movies exclusively. The theater was renamed in 1947 in honor of its owner, Harry Warner, one of the founders of Warner Brothers.
By the 1970s, the Warner Theatre had fallen into disrepair and was briefly used to screen pornographic films before being revived as a live concert venue.
The Warner closed for renovations in 1989 and reopened in 1992. The reopened theater added theatrical and dance productions to the musical performances on its calendar.
In 1992, Frank Sinatra performed there.
The theater is also home to The BET Honors ceremony, held annually.
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