Lincoln Theatre and Lincoln Colonnade

Lincoln Theatre and Lincoln Colonnade (HMMIY)

Location: Washington, DC 20020
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 55.027', W 77° 1.737'

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1215 U Street, NW

— African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC —

The Lincoln Theatre , built by white theater magnate Harry Crandall, opened in 1922 under African American management as U Street's most elegant first-run movie house. With 1,600 seats, it also was one of the biggest. In addition to films, the Lincoln hosted vaudeville and amateur competitions. The Lincoln Colonnade, a public hall once located below and behind the theater, held "battles of the bands" featuring local and national entertainers as well as annual balls organized by social clubs. With desegregation in the 1950s, the Lincoln Theatre began to lose its audience, and it closed in 1983. It reopened in 1994 as a performing arts center.

[Photo caption:]
Lincoln Colonnade costume party.
Scurlock Studio Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

DC Historic Site
Series This marker is part of the Washington, D.C.: African American Heritage Trail series
Placed ByCultural Tourism DC - Funded by the DC Historic Preservation Office
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 8:00pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 324097 N 4309535
Decimal Degrees38.91711667, -77.02895000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.027', W 77° 1.737'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 1.62" N, 77° 1' 44.22" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1213 U St SE, Washington DC 20020, US
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