On Tuesday, February 26 the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) will host a facilitated discussion on the future of the Lincoln Theatre.
Next Tuesday’s discussion will include a public feedback session, which will help drive the process of selecting the new commercial operator to manage the theatre.
Originally, the meeting was scheduled to be held at the DCCAH office in SE DC, but after push-back and complaints from the community’s residents, the meeting location was changed to the Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW.
The meeting will take place from 6 to 8 pm and is open to the public. For more information, visit the Eventbrite page.
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.
The Lincoln Theatre on U Street will officially be transferred to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities on January 1. The hope is that the theater can find a business model that makes it operation sustainable, along with a new executive director. The historic venue at 1215 U Street NW came under fire earlier this year due to the fact that few events are scheduled and it has no permanent theater company in residence — and, obviously, it is not paying its way.
In a hopeful sign, the Lincoln is has a four-week engagement starting tonight. The theater has a four-week partnership with Landmark Theatres to show The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; it runs through January 18. You can view the schedule and purchase tickets online.
On Tuesday, DC Mayor Vincent Gray held a press conference (along with the executive director of DCCAH) to talk about the Lincoln’s future. If you were expecting details on what the Theatre’s programming will be in the next year in order to be somewhat financially stable, you clearly have not lived in DC for very long.
No, as Washinigton City Paper reports, the mayor and the executive director discussed vague plans to run movies, shows from the Arena Stage and Kennedy Center — along with the notion that programming will be consistent with the diversity of the U Street community.
Questions ducked include how it will be financially stable and if it will be a ‘white theater.’ While I’d like to have heard some concrete plans, I can’t blame them for not engaging those two hot items head on, either.
To celebrate the opening of the fall art season, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is running the Art Bus this Saturday evening. The free shuttle begins at 6 pm and will take gallery goers to a round of opening receptions at 11 galleries in three of the city’s gallery hot spots. Two of the designated stops are right here–Logan Circle and U Street–plus H Street NE.
1515 14th Street NW
This stop will service the following galleries on 14th Street NW. Reception times at the galleries are listed below.
- Adamson Gallery, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 1515 14th Street NW
- Curators Office, 6 to 8 pm, 1515 14th Street NW
- HEMPHILL, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 1515 14th Street NW
- Gallery Plan b, 6 to 8 pm, 1530 14th Street, NW
- Irvine Contemporary, 6 to 8 pm, 1412 14th Street NW
1353 U Street NW
This stop will service the following galleries on U Street NW. Reception times at the galleries are listed below.
- Morton Fine Arts, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 1781 Florida Avenue, NW (between 18th and U Streets)
- Project 4 Gallery, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 1353 U Street NW
1358 Florida Avenue NE
This bus stop will service the Atlas/H Street arts district. Galley reception times are listed below.
- City Gallery, 6 to 9 pm, 804 H Street NE, 2nd Fl
- Conner Contemporary, 6 to 8 pm, 1358 Florida Avenue NE
- Industry Gallery, 6 to 8 pm, 1358 Florida Avenue NE, 2nd Fl
- G Fine Art, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 1350 Florida Avenue NE