The Lincoln Theatre is a historic entertainment venue located in the Shaw district of Washington, DC. Opened on January 22nd, 1922, the theatre has historically served the black community of the city during the era of enforced segregation. In the century since its founding, the theatre has hosted silent films, vaudeville, films and musical performances, including Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Sarah Vaughan. After the 1968 riots in Washington, DC, the theatre fell into a period of turmoil and disrepair. Once it was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, however, it began a period of renovation and restoration. Recent performers have included Peter Frampton, Jerry Lewis, Lauryn Hill, Billy Idol, Kendrick Lamar, Louis C.K., Nathan For You, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Nas, Hannibal Buress and more. Lincoln Theatre's seating capacity reaches 1,250. You can catch all Lincoln Theatre events live by purchasing tickets at StubHub.
Can I reach the Lincoln Theatre by public transportation?
The theatre is directly accessible by the Washington DC bus via routes 63/64, 90/92/93, 96/97 and X1/X3. You can also take the U Street Metro stop on the Green/Yellow line, which stops at the U Street Metro Station directly adjacent to the building. Capital BikeShare and ridesharing services are also available.
Does the Lincoln Theatre have on-site parking?
The theatre has very limited parking on U Street. However, you can park at Metro-operated lots around the area. Parking there is free on weekends and holidays.
Do I need to reserve my seats ahead of time?
It depends on the event. Some Lincoln Theatre events do rely on reserved seats. Other events are on a first come, first serve basis.
Does the Lincoln Theatre accommodate guests with disabilities?
Wheelchair-accessible seats are available throughout the theater. You should call ahead of time for all Lincoln Theatre events to make sure that all of your needs are met.
Does the Lincoln Theatre have any kind of member benefits?
Yes, it has a membership program known as Friends with Benefits. You can earn points by attending events at the Lincoln Theatre as well as The Anthem, the 9:30 Club and the Merriweather Post Pavilion. You also earn points for buying concessions or merchandise. These points earn you free shipping for online merchandise orders, special pre-sales, access to special events and parties and opportunities to obtain Lincoln Theatre tickets for sold out shows.Back to Top
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