Lincoln Theatre in Washington DC

Historic U Street Performing Arts Venue

Lincoln Theatre
© Lincoln Theatre

The Lincoln Theatre, built in 1922, is a historic performing arts venue located in the U Street corridor of Washington DC. The 1,225-seat theatre features a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system and is a prime setting for music and theatrical performances. The property is available for rent for concerts, film screenings, fundraisers, lectures, corporate meetings, and other events. The theater has struggled financially and is expected to be revitalized under new management in 2013. As the cultural programming in the nation's capital is rapidly expanding, the Lincoln Theatre should attract a wide variety of performers in the coming years.<br/>
1215 U Street, NW, Washington, DC. The Lincoln Theatre is located directly across the street from Metro's U Street-Cardozo Station.

Parking is limited in the area, especially on weekends. Paid parking lots are located on U Street, between 13th and 14th Streets and on 12th Street, between U and V Streets. Garage parking is available at the Frank D. Reeves Center located at 14 & U Streets NW.

Tickets are available through or by contacting the Lincoln Theatre Box Office at (202) 328-6000.

History of the Lincoln Theatre

Originally a vaudeville theatre and movie house, the Lincoln Theatre has featured some of the most influential entertainers in American history, including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey, and Louis Armstrong. The theater went through a period of difficulty after the DC riots of 1968 and eventually closed in 1982. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993 and restored by the U Street Theatre Foundation with $9 million of aid from the District of Columbia government. In 2011, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities took over management. Beginning in September 2013, the Lincoln Theatre will be operated by I.M.P., owners of the 9:30 Club.

About I.M.P

I.M.P. operates the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland and produces concerts in various venues of all sizes throughout the capital region.


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