Two local entertainment venues are looking at big changes in coming weeks: The Lincoln Theatre is getting new management and returning to its former use as a movie theater, and HR-57, which moved from 14th Street NW to H Street NE a few months ago, is looking at a new building yet again.
Back when U Street was known as Black Broadway, the Lincoln Theatre was one of its shining jewels, a movie theatre and ballroom that hosted Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway and Billie Holiday. It fell into disrepair after the '68 riots, and was eventually closed and boarded up. The D.C. government spent millions to restore the building to its 1920s glory in the 1990s, but recently, there have been fears that it would have to close. To help get the theater back on its feet, the mayor has announced that it will come under the management of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
For the next month, the Lincoln will once again be a movie theater, in conjunction with Landmark Theatres. "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" will open at the Lincoln on Wednesday, with screenings at 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 18. There will be 11 p.m. showtimes on Friday and
Saturday Wednesday nights.
Tickets are $10 and there is a $2.30 service charge if purchased online through Ticketmaster. They go on sale to the public at 2 p.m. today.
In other news, HR-57 appears to be moving yet again. The jazz club that recently opened its doors at 816 H Street NE is upgrading to a reportedly much larger space at 1007 H Street NE, two blocks away. Washington City Paper has more on the move, including the January target date and owner Tony Puesan's plans to turn the current spot into a blues cafe and put in a coffee shop/bakery with a full menu.