The historic U Street theater, built in 1922, has undergone decades of change after serving as a grand movie house and ballroom that served African Americans during segregation. After struggles to keep the lights on in recent years, the city has tapped I.M.P., the operator of the 9:30 club and Merriweather Post Pavilion, to take the helm and bring new audiences in with concerts, comedy and more.
The Lincoln Theatre, at 1215 U St. NW, has for more than a decade operated mostly through rentals by theater companies, including Arena Stage a few years back, and community groups. The result? More days when the theater has been closed than it has been open. Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post Buy Photo