6923 Fourteenth Avenue,
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This modest neighborhood theatre was built by G. A. Stella and opened May 30, 1920. It had a small pipe organ. In 1922 it was leased to Charles Collins for one year, after which G. A. Stella resumed management for one year. Stella sold the Lincoln Theatre in 1924 to Charles Kerchma who operated it until 1929, when it closed. In 1933 it reopened under Hugo Vogel’s leadership; he operated it until May, 1935 when it was sold to Charles Secord (who managed) and Eugene Sturzenegger. The Lincoln had a small but attractive vertical sign of backlighted milk-glass letters.
In its final years it was an art-film and repertory house, playing “Black Narcissus”. One of its final programs was the Kroger Babb exploitation feature “Prince of Peace”. After closure in April 1952 it was donated to the Lakeshore Tabernacle, which stuccoed the Lincoln’s facade and removed the theatre signage, and then in turn donated the building to another small church when it could afford a bigger sanctuary. The current church, the Ultimate Trumpet, has been worshiping there for twenty years.
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