Peterson, George. “The Warner Theatre, Washington, DC.” FRONT of HOUSE, Timeless Communications, 7 Apr. 2013, www.fohonline.com/current-issue/22-installations/8509-the-warner-theatre-washington-dc.html.
Joining the conversation on the new sound system installed at the Warner Theatre, George Peterson’s article focuses on it’s importance of creating a future for the historical theatre. In particular, Peterson stresses how the Warner Theatre isn’t unique in his eyes and has a similar story to other theatres that were created in the same time period. Moreover, the location was important to it’s successful though due to it’s proximity to the White House. According to Peterson, in the late 1940’s the theatre was renamed the Warner Theatre after the iconic film innovator and co-founder. During the 1950’s and 1960’s the theatre began to lose it’s “luster” and closed in 1989 to revamp. Hence, they reopened in 1992 and reestablished themselves as an important music venue in D.C. due to their history. Finally, Peterson jumps to present day and points how to the Warner Theatre has joined the Live Nation family and have a new sound system to compete with other venues. He uses quotes from the people who helped set up the sound system and discusses the issues they overcame in the intricate space.
I’m going to use this source to talk about the current state of the Warner Theatre and how it’s history has made it into the venue it is today. Peterson’s argument is strong on how the theatre’s sound system makes the theatre stick out. This site is helpful because it discusses the evolution of theatre and then zones in on an important aspect of the theatre today. This article will helps me get a better understanding of the theatre today and how Live Nation has impacted the venue. By reading about the new sound system it gives me hope that the Warner Theatre will continue to blossom in the industry.
McKenna, Dave. “Elvis Costello Returns to the Warner Theatre 38 Years after a Legendary Performance.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 4 Nov. 2016. www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/elvis-costello-returns-to-the-warner-theatre-38-years-after-a-legendary-performance/
Joining the conversations about iconic performers, Dave McKenna’s article “Elvis Costello Returns to the Warner Theatre 38 Years after a Legendary Performance” focuses on celebrating Elvis Costello‘s return to the Warner Theatre. In 1978, Costello embarked on his first U.S. tour and the Warner Theatre was one of his first stops. In particular, Costello was equally impressed by his ability to still perform and how the Warner Theatre was still opened and called it “immortal.” The show sold out and was filled with older fans. Moreover, Costello performed music old and new to commemorate his discography and made the audience laugh more than once. McKenna ends the article by stating that “Costello looked like he’s going to stick around a while. Heck, maybe even longer than Springsteen.”
This article is helpful in my research because it brings a full circle to the people who have performed at the Warner Theatre. Many famous people have graced the stage and reading about a performer who has graced the stage twice in almost a 40 year time gap. The theatre has had performers from the Rolling Stones to Elvis Costello and this article helps prove the range of musical genres and people who have entertained there. This article will help me talk about the current state of the theatre and how important it is to artists past and present.