Lincoln Theatre
Address: 769 East Long Street, Columbus 43203, Ohio
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More than just a building, the Lincoln Theatre had served as an anchor in the King-Lincoln District inspiring pride, hope and aspiration. Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman believed it could again serve as a catalyst for change and renewal. With a clarion call that engaged the hearts, minds, and imaginations of city and county leadership, local businesses, and Columbus citizens, Mayor Coleman announced the King-Lincoln District would be revitalized, and in 2002 the City of Columbus purchased the property. The newly renovated Lincoln Theatre opened its doors with a free public open house on May 25, 2009, following a $13 million renovation. Attendees from across the state marveled at the meticulously restored Egyptian-themed decorative elements and the completely modern facilities, seating, and stage equipment. Three days later on May 28, 2009, Broadway star Maurice Hines inaugurated the new Lincoln Theatre with a sold-out performance.