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City Seeks New Operator for Lincoln Theatre

by Borderstan.com July 30, 2012 at 10:00 am 1 Comment

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"Lincoln Theatre"

Lincoln Theatre. (Luis Gomez Photos)

On Friday afternoon, Mayor Gray announced that the city is seeking a new operator for the Lincoln Theatre on U Street NW.

The current operator of the Lincoln is the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which took over in January after the city ended its contract with the U Street Theatre Foundation. Currently, the theatre remains dark most nights of the week.

According to an article in the Washington City Paper, a request for proposals (RFP) for a new operator is expected to go out in the next 30 days.

Over the years, the historic U Street theatre has struggled to maintain management and generate revenue, which has fueled rumors of the landmark being for sale.

Lionell Thomas, director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, hopes to bring-in someone with a “creative concept” to revitalize the theatre and run it as a mixed-use space, reports City Paper.

Stay tuned to Borderstan.com for more information on the Lincoln Theatre and its search for a new operator.

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  • DC John

    May I suggest that perhaps the city’s incredible Shakespeare Theatre might want to take it over in case it loses its Lansburgh case. One thing that must be done….The DC City Council and Jim Graham in particular, must wash its hands of this facility and let professionals manage the building.


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