Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw
Address: 1215 U St., NW
Phone: (202) 328-6000
Metro: U Street/Cardozo (green line)
A 1922 vaudeville/movie house that once hosted great African American entertainers is now restored to its gilded glory.
From early in the last century until the late 1950s, if you didn't travel the U Street cultural circuit, you didn't experience the zenith of world-class entertainers. Native Washingtonians Duke Ellington and Pearl Bailey performed in the Lincoln Theatre. So did Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Billie Holliday and Sarah Vaughn.
Truly, the Lincoln Theatre, and its companion dance hall, the Lincoln Colonnade, were crown jewels of what was known as “Black Broadway.” Then, the neighborhood was the center of Washington's Black commercial and entertainment community. Theatres, dance halls, cabarets, restaurants and “after-hours joints” created excitement and attracted high-caliber performers – and audiences from Washington and hundreds of miles around it.
Today, thanks to the collaborative efforts of public and private organizations and individuals, audiences are once again enjoying performances by touring shows, the latest comics, contemporary music and dance artists at the Lincoln Theatre. It is currently cared for and maintained by the U Street Theatre Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization. The space is available for community, musical, cultural, and civic events for reasonable rates.
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