Warner Theatre

Warner Theatre

The 1920s brought the entertainment world the long-lasting legacy of Vaudeville and silent movies, and so did Washington D.C.'s Warner Theatre (then Earle Theatre).

First opened in 1924, the Earle Theatre was a highly popular public gathering spot offering silent movies, a rooftop garden, and a basement restaurant/ballroom eventually known as 'Neptune Room'. It even had its own dance troupe, the Roxyettes, similar to New York City's Rockettes.

The theatre went on with the Vaudeville tradition until 1945, hosting guests like Red Skelton and Jerry Lewis at that time. In 1945 it switched over to a cinematic movie only format, and in 1947 the theatre underwent a name change after a visit by owner Harry Warner (Warner Bros). Warner Theatre hosted several popular movie showings such as Ben Hur, Dr. Zhviago, and Hello, Dolly! until the 1970s, when the structure went into disrepair, and then, fortunately, re-repair toward the end of the decade. The new theatre began hosting concerts from jazz and soul to punk and funk, a memorable early performance put on by the Rolling Stones, starting a long run of phenomenal musical guests.

Today the theatre hosts Broadway productions, comedy, dance, film, and music. It is a hot spot for national and international recording artists and the 'finest in theatrical, dance, and television presentation'. You can see shows today such as Ali Wong, Shinedown, the Masked Singer, Masterchef, and more. Visit the onsite lounge today for a step back in the past, the bar area aptly named the '1924 Lounge'.

Groups can visit Warner Theatre to simply learn its history and admire its architecture outside of shows as well. The architecture of this grand theatre features fine marble, gold leaf lobby details, chandeliers, and much, much more you will get to admire during your visit.


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