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Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Lincoln Theatre gets new management: the city

The historic Lincoln Theatre on U Street N.W. is entering a new phase, under new management
Lincoln Theatre has new management (Nikki Kahn, The Washington Post)

Our colleagues at the Going Out Guide reported Tuesday that the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will be the managers of the facility, starting Jan. 1. Arts Post also previewed the developments.

However, the new incarnation, actually a retro one, starts Wednesday as the much-talked-about movie ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” opens at the 1200 seat theater. There’s time to get to the 7:30 p.m. screening.

The city, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced Tuesday has committed $1 million in repairs. “We want to be up and running by early spring,” said Marquis Perkins, the arts commissions director of outreach and communications. The city’s money will cover improvements and maintenance on the Heating and Air-Conditioning systems.

In its long history, the theatre has been a movie house, a live performance space and a place for lectures and youth programs. Perkins said that variety will continue.

The financial problems brought the theatre to the brink of closing earlier this year.

One of the charges of the arts commission will be to develop an artistic vision for the beloved landmark.

The “Dragon Tattoo” screenings on the one 20 x 30 foot screen are a partnership with Landmark Theatres. The Lincoln has a liquor license so patrons will be able to purchase beer and wine, just like at the Landmark’s other operations.

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