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Lincoln Theater Could Close Next Week

Twitter lit up Wed. afternoon when Ward 1 Council Member Jim Graham tweeted:

“I want to keep Lincoln Theater open. But no $ for them in fy12 budget. Looks bleak and it may close. Emergency bd mtg 2nite at Linc @ 6”

Though at 8:30pm he also tweeted:

“We had a good board mtg and are planning an annoucenment on the financial situation and future theatre ops tmrw, 1 pm at the Lincoln”

I think the Lincoln Theater located at 1215 U Street NW, is one of the most striking/classic buildings on U Street. I love it. However, besides one promo concert in Nov. ’07, I have never actually attended an event there. I’m wondering how many others have attended an event at the Lincoln Theater?

Either way, it’s clearly an amazing property with a great history – so what do you think the city should do with it?

Back in Apr. ’08 Washington Business Journal reported on plans to:

“seek developers interested in turning a 40-spot surface parking lot behind the Lincoln into either housing, offices or hotel space. Revenue from the project will go to maintaining and operating the Lincoln.”

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