Warner Theater Walk of Fame in Penn Quarter

IMG_2355The Warner Theatre, a historic District landmark that once screened movies, is situated along Thirteenth Street in Penn Quarter, and is now a live performance venue that has hosted internationally famous celebs like Frank Sinatra, Sting, Jay-Z and David Copperfield. According to people who’ve been there, the interior is decorated in a grand red-and gold. On the outside, the theatre looks unassuming. Occasionally I’ll see someone grab an IPhone snapshot of the theatre’s awning on which the names of acts are displayed in simple black lettering, but during the day, the theatre is devoid of activity. Most people walk by without so much as a glance, and they certainly wouldn’t think to look on the ground as they pass the theatre.

If they did, they’d have a pleasant surprise. The sidewalk that runs down to the end of Thirteenth Street and turns the corner on to E Street is a Walk of Fame of selected celebrities who have performed at the Warner. From my count, there are 45 stars on that sidewalk which includes signatures or hand prints of Jon Stewart, Jay-Z, Sinatra, James Taylor and B.B. King. Is there another venue that has a walk like this in the East Coast? Granted, there are fewer international big names on this walk, but I don’t know why visitors don’t show the Warner Walk of Fame a little more love? Here’s the full list below, maybe there’s a star you’d want to visit.

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1. Jon Stewart (2002)
2. Whoopi Goldberg (2001)
3. Johnny Cash (1994)
4. B.B King (1995)
5. James Taylor (2006)
6. Sting (2004)
7. Dave Chapelle (2002)
8. Etta James & the Roots Band (2006)
9. Bob Weir & Ratdog (2006)
10. Morgan Fairchild (2005)
11. Sweet Honey in the Rock (2002)
12. Jaston Williams & Joe Sears (2002)
13. Washington Ballet: The Nutcracker (2003)
14. Savion Glover (2002)
15. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull (2002)
16. Tyler Perry (2002)
17.Eileen Ritter (1999)
18. Herbie Hancock (2001)
19. Harvey Korman (2001)
20. Bob Newhart (2000)
21. Tim Conway (2001)
22. Avery Brooks (2000)
23. Eric Idle (2000)
24. George Carlin (2000)
25. Boz Scaggs (1999)
26. Englebert Humperdinck (1999)
27. Chris Rock (1999)
28. Paul Anka (1998)
29. Tom Jones (1998)
30. Rob Becker (1998)
31. Bonnie Raitt (1997)
32. Charles Aznavour (1993)
33. Robert Wagner (1993)
34. Stephanie Powers (1993)
35. Tommy Tune (1993)
36. Hal Holbrooke (1993)
37. David Copperfield (1993)
38. Prince (1993)
39. Thwyla Tharp (1993)
40. Mikhail Baryshnikov (1993)
41. Jay-Z (2009)
42. Tony Bennett (1994)
43. Frank Sinatra (1992)
44. Liza Minelli (1993)
45. Shirley Maclaine (1992)

See the other star tiles on Flickr.

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