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The Lincoln Theatre

The Lincoln Theatre

Concert Hall and Performing Arts Venue
U-Street, Washington
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    Allison K.
    "Lincoln Logs on the second floor"(2 Tips)
    Christopher C.
    "And popcorn."(2 Tips)
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  • concerts
  • intimate
  • balcony
  • dancing
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  • Vesper A.heart icon on user image
    Vesper AOctober 25, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Recently renovated, the Lincoln Theatre is a lovely space for performances that is convenient to Metro. It’s also next door to Ben’s, and the mural.
  • Ararara
    ArararaOctober 16, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    If for some reason you leave during the headliner, you may have to wait until the song break to go back to your seat. Be patient.
  • Chris F.heart icon on user image
    Chris FredericksDecember 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great venue acoustically. Needs some TLC, but it's in good hands being managed by the 9:30 Club.
  • Christopher C.heart icon on user image
    Christopher CraigOctober 19, 2017
    Beautiful intimate concert venue with a great history. And popcorn.
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KasicJune 25, 2023
    Been here 25+ times
    The Lincoln Logs on the second floor are even better than the 9:30 Club cupcakes (both made by the same bakery).
  • Lis R.heart icon on user image
    Lis ROctober 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Seating at most shows is GA, so if you want a good seat make sure you or a friend get there early.
  • Deanna G.
    Deanna GordonJanuary 29, 2012
    beautiful theatre. stellar sound quality. stadium seating ensures that everyone has a great view.
  • Caroleen W.
    Caroleen WilkesApril 2, 2012
    On the National Registrar of Historic Places after hosting great African American performers such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, and more.
  • Thomasheart icon on user image
    ThomasOctober 23, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Arrive here early, as the majority (if not all) shows are General Admission, first-come, first-served.
  • Cara
    CaraOctober 11, 2014
    Gorgeous venue but beware that most of the balcony seats have ZERO stage visibility. Ended up standing in the back to see - others sat on the backs of their seats. Not cool.
  • TheUrbanDaily
    TheUrbanDailyMay 23, 2011
    The section of U-Street btw 9th St. & 18th St. came to be known as "Black Broadway" thanks to numerous African-American owned establishments including banks, bowling alleys & dance halls in the 1920s.
  • Michael V.heart icon on user image
    Michael VilladoMay 14, 2014
    Don't leave this gorgeous theater without eating a Lincoln log! Big Mistake!
  • DC Preservation League
    Constructed as a first-run house for an African-American clientele in 1921. This was a signifcant collaboration between architects Reginald W. Geare and Harry Crandall.
  • Sean P.
    Sean PhillipsDecember 8, 2010
    Be warned, even at an all GA show- there are seats on the floor and the balcony. There is no standing room GA. Beautiful venue though.
  • Pig N.heart icon on user image
    Pig NibFebruary 6, 2015
    Heard good things but the entire theater was closed due to a group using it for casting. I wanted to at least look in to the theater. A one-way window, perhaps?
  • Jessica P.heart icon on user image
    Jessica PlacenciaSeptember 5, 2016
    Old school venue often forgot about in DC. Saw Nas here!
  • Rachel R.heart icon on user image
    Rachel RubensteinSeptember 6, 2014
    Great venue, it's nice that there are seats
  • Jaime C.heart icon on user image
    Jaime CookNovember 1, 2019
    Go upstairs and get popcorn for the show!
  • Kameron S.
    Kameron SpencerOctober 29, 2014
    Acoustics suck! If you want to dance at the concert, chairs will be in your way!!
  • LaJuana C.
    LaJuana ClarkOctober 15, 2014
    This Choir is sanging Chile
  • Debbified D.
    Debbified DebbieOctober 26, 2013
    It's a must watch for everyone
  • LetTeddyWin ..
    LetTeddyWin .comMay 30, 2010
    Beautiful historic theater. A great place to see a show.
  • Chloé M.
    Chloé MayerJanuary 21, 2012
    Gorgeous theatre!! Come & see something here
  • Julia S.
    Julia ScottOctober 15, 2013
    Its beautiful inside...
  • Ron B.
    Ron BrownMarch 12, 2023
    Been here 5+ times
    Give Me Some... "Whitney"!!!
  • Ron B.
    Ron BrownDecember 10, 2022
    Been here 5+ times
    Gay Men's Chores Holiday Show
  • Ron B.
    Ron BrownJune 4, 2023
    Been here 5+ times
    Gay Men's Chorus Show. "DOLLY"
  • Skill3D
    Skill3DAugust 11, 2013
    They need to turn on the AC. Does that cost extra?
  • Jim F.heart icon on user image
    Jim FarisNovember 16, 2014
    Even the worst seats are good.
  • Ron B.
    Ron BrownDecember 3, 2023
    Been here 5+ times
    Gay Men's Chorus Christmas Show
  • Bersabe B.heart icon on user image
    Bersabe BelayNovember 6, 2013
    Keep working
  • Stefan
    StefanAugust 11, 2013
    No AC. Smells like trash
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