YOUR SOURCE OF JAZZ AND MORE IN WASHINGTON DC AND THE WORLD
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Before the Harlem Renaissance
there was the vibrant beat of the U Street corridor.
From Duke Ellington
to Langston Hughes, legends have touched the Lincoln Theatre’s storied stage. Join us as we celebrate the historical mosaic of artists and literary figures that fashioned an era.
Outstanding tributes will be made in a variety of mediums by celebrity guests
Janice L. Hill
U Street Theatre Foundation, Inc.
Welcome to the Lincoln Theatre, the Jewel on U!
The past year has been filled with monumental successes; each accomplishment furthering the ongoing renaissance of this cultural treasure. The completion of extensive renovations, and nationally renowned programming ranging from appearances by
to a six-title run by Arena Stage,
to benefits with Bill Cosby, all signal that more good things are to come for the Lincoln and the U Street Corridor.
Institution building has been a top priority for the U Street Theatre Foundation. As a hybrid community-commercial venue, we have actively pursued a wide variety of arts partnerships whose diversity and prestige is unparalleled. With everything from Cote D’Ivoire jazz to comedy and ballet to boxing, we draw audiences from all over this world-class city, with over 100,000 attendees annually. Read more...
Lincoln Theatre is a theater in Washington, D.C. located at 1215 U Street,
next to Ben's Chili Bowl. The theater, located on "Washington's Black Broadway", served the city's African American community when segregation kept them out of other venues.
The Lincoln Theatre included a movie house and ballroom, and hosted jazz and big band performers such as Duke Ellington.
The theater closed after the 1968 race-related riots. It was restored and reopened in 1994, and hosts a variety of performances and events.
The U Street Metro station, which opened in 1991, is located across the street from Lincoln Theater.
Construction of the Lincoln Theatre began in the summer of 1921, and it opened in 1922.
The Lincoln Theatre, which showed silent film and vaudeville,
served the city's African American community. The theatre was designed by Reginald Geare, in collaboration with Harry Crandall, a local theater operator.
In 1927, the Lincoln Theatre was sold to A.E. Lichtman, who decided to turn it into a luxurious movie house, and added a ballroom. The theatre was wired for sound in 1928.
The ballroom, known as Lincoln Colonnade, and the theater were known as the center of "Washington's Black Broadway".
Performers at Lincoln Theatre have included
Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle
Nat King Cole
Count Basie Orchestra
Billy Eckstine Big Band
The Ink Spots
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
The Temptations and many more
A television projection system was installed at Lincoln Theatre in 1952.
Sugar Ray Robinson
Standing Joey Maxim, down the great Sugar Ray!
The movie house televised boxing fights on many occasions, such as the Sugar Ray Robinson-Joey Maxim bout on June 25, 1952. One of the greatest light heavyweight fights of all time. This was the only time that Robinson was stopped in his 201-fight career. Read more...
November 1, 2010
The Washington DC Jazz Network welcomes radio personality
Director of Marketing & Advertising
Washington DC Jazz Network
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