Cramton History

Cramton Auditorium opened its doors on January 8, 1961. The 1,508 seat auditorium, named for former Congressman Louis C. Cramton of Michigan is located at the corner of Sixth and Fairmont Streets, Northwest in Washington, D.C. on Howard University’s main campus. Hilyard Robinson, architect, designed and oversaw the construction of this theatre. The first guest performance held at Cramton Auditorium featured the National Symphony Orchestra in concert with the Male Glee Clubs of Howard and Georgetown Universities. Since then, Cramton Auditorium has provided the Institution and the community with the means to enrich the lives of both students and visitors academically, culturally, and socially. World leaders, key political figures and entertainers have been guests at this renowned theatre.