Officials from U.S. Bank, Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc., Ellis Development Group, and City officials will gather on Thursday, April 12 to celebrate the grand reopening of the Howard Theatre with a star-studded gala and benefit concert featuring performances and appearances by some of the most legendary figures in the worlds of music, comedy and dance.

U.S. Bank, through its community development subsidiary, provided more than $10 million in financing in support of the $29 million historic renovation. The financing package included New Markets and Historic Tax Credit financing structured in partnership with Hampton Roads Ventures, Mid-City Community CDE, and DC Housing Enterprises. U.S. Bank also serves as a gala event sponsor.

“We’re proud to be a partner of choice in the revival of this social, cultural and architectural landmark,” said Laura Vowell, Vice President of U.S. Bank. “Howard Theatre Restoration and Ellis Development had a vision that this historically-important but badly-neglected structure could be brought back to life, and they assembled a team to do it. Financial support from U.S. Bank and our partners helped ensure that a building which played a significant role in Washington DC’s past will do so again in the future.”

Located near the corner of 7 th and T Streets, the Howard Theatre—"The Theatre for the People”—was originally constructed in 1910 and served as one of the oldest and most popular performing arts venues for African American singers and musicians when the nation was deeply divided by segregation. Late greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Sidney Poitier all performed at the Howard Theatre. The theatre closed in 1980.

Redeveloped by Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc. in collaboration with the District of Columbia and the Ellis Development Group, the 16-month restoration of the theatre returns it to its original use as a premier performing arts venue.

“Our long term goal has been to re-establish the Howard Theatre as the ‘crown jewel’ of the arts and entertainment community in the District,” said Malik Ellis, a Principal for Ellis Development Group. “The dedication and collaboration of all those involved in this public and private partnership have made our vision a reality.”

In addition to financing from U.S. Bank, the renovation of the theatre has been made possible with support from Eagle Bank, the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Philip Graham Fund, Howard University, the National Park Service’s Save Our America's Treasures Program and contributions from individual donors.

About Ellis Development Group, LLCThe Ellis Development Group is based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and specializes in mixed-use real estate development in emerging neighborhoods. Ellis Development Group is committed to understanding and building relationships with local residents, retailers and corporate partners to ensure that development complements the need, desires and flavor of the community. Its goal is to be a catalyst in transforming communities while ensuring that the past, present and future are embraced.

About Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc.Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc. (HTR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to revitalize, preserve and protect the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, DC. HTR has led this collaborative effort with the District of Columbia and other private entities to bring the life, the music, and the people back to The Howard Theatre.

About U.S. BankU.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $340 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2011, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,085 banking offices in 25 states and 5,053 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp and its employees are dedicated to improving the communities they serve, for which the company earned the 2011 Spirit of America Award, the highest honor bestowed on a company by United Way. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at

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