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Welcome to the 
documentary project of 
Harold Winley AND The CLOVERS 

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History of the Howard Theatre

The Howard Theatre first opened its doors in August of 1910.  At that time, it was the largest theatre catering to African Americans in the world.  Through the years, just about every top black performer has entertained audiences at the Howard Theatre.  The theatre withstood the 1968 riots, but a decline to the neighborhood forced the theatre to close its doors in 1980.  The Clovers first performed at the Howard Theatre on amatuer night in May of 1956

Restoration of the Howard Theatre

The Howard Theatre was restored in 2012 after nearly 30 years of neglect.  Chip Ellis of the Ellis Development Group was chosen by a committee to head up the $29 million dollar restoration for the theatre that was once regarded as "the largest theatre in the world for African Americans" (Sheir 2012).  To read more about this incredible project, check out the following sites:    


Howard Theatre Rebirth


Howard Theatre Gets a New Lease on Life


Chip Ellis will also be interviewed as part of this documentary, where he will discuss the restoration project and the significance of the Howard Theatre to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.