I have a not-so-secret passion for history. I was a history major in college, I once had dreams of being a history professor. I even dabbled in museum studies before finding my way to the meetings and events industry. And I always love unique event spaces. So when I come across an event space that is unique and historic – well, it’s bound to be a new favorite for me.
The Warner Theatre is one such space in Washington, DC. On it’s own, a working theatre is a unique event space, especially for a wedding or gala. Add in the history of the building, and you have a unique venue with a great story. I recently had the opportunity to visit the Warner Theatre and I was impressed with the grandeur of the building – it truly is like stepping back in time.
In terms of location, the Warner Theatre boasts a good one. It’s right in the middle of downtown, only a block from Metro Center station. As you approach the theatre, it’s hard to miss – there is an enormous marquee outside.
The theatre first opened in 1924 as the Earle Theatre. At that time there were dozens of famous theatres and move houses in DC, but the Earle quickly became one of the most grand. In 1934, the Warner Brothers company merged with the owners of the Earle and the theatre was primarily used to showcase new Warner Brothers films. In 1947, Henry Warner was said to say, “I own that theatre, put my name up there!” and the theatre was thus renamed the Warner.
The Warner Theatre closed in 1989 but reopened in the early 1990s after an extensive renovation. The Warner Theatre today, operated by Live Nation, is both an active theatre and concert venue, as well as a special events venue. The theatre itself has a seated capacity of 1,847, with other spaces available for events such as the main, upper and lower lobbies.
For me, the most exciting part of the space is the historic beauty. I was there on a day where the theatre was still tearing down from the BET Awards, so the space was not exactly perfect, but it was still gorgeous. I love all of the gold and red:
Now to see what it would look like from a guest’s perspective:
The light fixtures and chandeliers are stunning:
The Warner Theatre has also hosted weddings – can you imagine having wedding photos like this:
I haven’t hosted an event at the theatre yet, so I cannot comment on the service. But I can’t wait to try them out!
For more information about hosting a private event at The Warner Theatre, visit their website.
Thank you to The Warner Theatre for sharing these beautiful photos. The other photos of the space are my own.
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