Restored Howard Theatre reopens

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(AP, ABC7) - Officials cut the ribbon to a restored theater in Northwest Washington that helped to launch the careers of legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Marvin Gaye.

(Photo: Sam Ford)

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray, among others, attended Monday's ceremony for the Howard Theatre.

PHOTOS: See photos of the beautifully renovated theater

The 100-year-old theater has been undergoing a $29 million restoration since September 2010.

It opened as a first-of-its-kind showcase for black artists in 1910. Monday's event will also feature the unveiling of a Duke Ellington statue nearby.

On Thursday, there will be a benefit concert to support the restoration efforts. Smokey Robinson, Raheem DeVaugh, Savion Glover, Robert Randolph and Wanda Sykes are among the performers scheduled to appear.

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