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Best of 2012: 10 Most Notable Event Venue Openings in Washington

After a $29 million upgrade in April, the Howard Theater returned as a more tech-savvy venue. The space features a $2 million updated acoustic system, 10-foot video screens, and recording capabilities, plus the balcony has two 200-inch HD jumbo screens. Even more: Hydraulic platforms can turn the theater from supper-club-style seating for 650 into a flat ballroom space for 1,100 in 40 minutes. Other updates include interior accents like black walnut walls, oak floors, and Brazilian-granite bars on each level, as well as catering, brunch, and dinner menus created by chef Marcus Samuelsson.

Photo: Tim Cooper for the Howard Theater

This year saw the openings of many significant event and meeting venues in Washington, including restaurants, outdoor spaces, private rooms, hotels, entertainment venues, and more. Here's a look at the most notable venues to open in 2012.

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