The Howard Theatre has been one of the more well-noted restoration projects the District has had in the past few years. The theatre, which has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, fell into disprepair in the decades following its prominence. But the venue that closed in 1980 has seen new life in the past couple of years. The Howard Theatre played host to artists like Duke Ellington in the 1940s and Chuck Brown in the 1970s and has hosted artists as disparate as Chaka Khan and Big K.R.I.T. since the restoration. This photo includes an inset of manager Andrew J. Thomas and we've got a few photos after the jump of the theatre immediately before and after the restoration. What a difference four years makes.