Enduring Warner Theatre Still One of the Most Entertaining Tickets in Town
We’ve featured theaters on this blog before, and today we cue up the Warner Theatre.
The Warner is one venerable theater, having begun life in 1924 as the Earle Theatre when it featured vaudeville and silent films. For a time, the place even had its own version of the Rockettes called the Roxyettes (I’m not fooling. That’s what they called their dancing troupe. Don’t get mad at me.)
Red Skelton and Jerry Lewis even graced its stage. Sometime in the ’40s came the switch to movies-only, along with the name change to its current moniker, Warner Theatre (owner Harry Warner was one of Hollywood’s Warner brothers).
The Warner fell on hard times in the early ’70s, before surfacing again as a live concert venue; in 1978, the Rolling Stones even played a surprise show here. In 1989, the place closed for renovations, reopening in 1992 with a gala featuring Frank Sinatra in his final Washington, D.C., appearance; Shirley MacLaine was also on hand that night to welcome the theater back to its feet.
513 13th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
These days, the Warner still features recording artists along with a bevy of dance, theatrical and television presentations. The inside of the Warner is pretty spectacular, judging by these pictures.
The theater can be rented out (suffice it to say, you better have some pretty deep pockets). Though things get off to a bit of a late start in the new year, on January 24 the Warner welcomes “Fela!” This musical runs until the 29th.
Being such a stately venue, the tickets run from high to outrageous, but more than a few will be willing to part with $60 or so (maybe not the $100-plus some seats go for) to be entertained royally.
The Warner Theatre is conveniently located in downtown Washington, D.C., within walking distance of quite a few Metro stops, with the Metro Center (Red, Blue/Orange Lines) and Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange Line) stations being the closest.