The Lincoln Theater is the kind of D.C. landmark that embodies the spirit of the city. Known as the pulsing center of the Pearl Bailey-coined “Black Broadway,” the theater hosted greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong, but it faltered in the wake of the 1968 race riots. Although the threat of closing loomed over the theater for years, there may finally be a shot at recovery.
The Lincoln Theatre will be under the direction of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor L. Hoskins announced on Tuesday.
Plans for the theatre include structural revamping, both administratively and physically. An artistic director will be instated to foster the creative growth of the Lincoln as well as ensure the much-needed renovations to the building itself.
Hoskins said in a press release that “Creating a long-term sustainable structure for the management and operations of the theatre is one of the District’s highest priorities. … With less and less resources in the city, we must be diligent in our fiduciary responsibilities regarding all District-owned assets.”