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Lincoln Theatre and Lincoln Colonnade

1215 U Street, NW

 

—African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC —

 
Lincoln Theatre and Lincoln Colonnade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 26, 2008
1. Lincoln Theatre and Lincoln Colonnade Marker
Inscription. 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
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC - Funded by the DC Historic Preservation Office.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, D.C. African American Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 55.027′ N, 77° 1.737′ W. Marker is in Shaw, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on U Street, NW, on the right when
Lincoln Theatre and Lincoln Colonnade Marker. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 24, 2016
2. Lincoln Theatre and Lincoln Colonnade Marker.
The marker is to the left of the Theatre entrance.
traveling west. Click for map. The theatre is on the north side of U Street, mid-way between 12th and 13th Streets, NW. The marker is on the wall, west of theatre's main entrance doors. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1215 U Street, NW, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ben's Chili Bowl / Minnehaha Theater (a few steps from this marker); Marlon Francisco Morales (within shouting distance of this marker); You Had to Wear a Tie (within shouting distance of this marker); The True Reformer Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Industrial Bank of Washington (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); We had everything we needed right here (about 600 feet away); Louise Burrell Miller Residence (about 600 feet away); The Whitelaw Hotel and “the Duke” (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Shaw.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAfrican AmericansEntertainmentNotable Buildings
 
The Lincoln Theatre - U Street, NW image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 26, 2008
3. The Lincoln Theatre - U Street, NW
Lincoln Colonnade Costume Party image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
4. Lincoln Colonnade Costume Party
Close-up of photo on marker
Lincoln Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
5. Lincoln Theatre
Architectural Detail<br>Lincoln Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
6. Architectural Detail
Lincoln Theatre
2015 at the Lincoln Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
7. 2015 at the Lincoln Theatre
Beginning with Jerry Lewis
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,021 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on July 24, 2016.
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