Lincoln Theatre

769 E. Long Street,
Columbus, OH 43203

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Keith on June 21, 2014 at 9:16 am

The Lincoln Theatre has launched “Family Fun Movies at the Lincoln Theatre,” a Saturday morning, summer film series offering double features of popular family films for just $1 per ticket.

AndrewBarrett on January 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm

What a wonderful building! I do wish it and the proprietors (and performers etc) all the best success in future endeavors with this magnificent theatre.

According to the Searchable Opus List Database of original organ installations, the Ogden (Lincoln) theatre had a Robert-Morton three manual, nine rank theatre pipe organ installed in 1928. I have no idea where it is now.

I do hope someone knows what happened to the organ and where it (or at least its parts) are today.

This would be a wonderful theatre to have an organ re-installed (especially the original one).

bbfarmer on February 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm

In this music video on youtube, there is a glimpse of the marquee, barely visible in the smoke, at the 51 second mark. A smaller portion of the marquee (showing the letters “OLN”) is more clearly seen in the background of a couple of shots afterward. This was in the days when the neighborhood was VERY run down and dangerous. I know because I worked on this video.

The drive-in theater seen many times throughout the video is the long gone Linden Drive-In way up on the North Side.

Keith on September 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

Also search Columbus neighborhoods king Lincoln at the 10min mark.

Keith on September 20, 2012 at 8:25 am

Reagan search Lincoln theatre grand opening on YouTube. Same video I saw.

reagan on September 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm

most likely you will not get this in time, but I would still like some information. Keith, that movie they played in the Lincoln on the opening day is there a way of getting that over the internet, and do any of you know a particular book that covers the history of the place. Any information is and will be appreciated. I am in the process of researching the Egyptian revival and therefore this building falls in my spectrum of research. Thanks

Keith on March 5, 2012 at 6:47 am

The projector is on display in what used to be the entrance to the theater. Now a board room for rent.

Keith on October 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I haven’t heard of any capa movies at the lincoln. no film just digital for dvd projection.

MarkDHite on October 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Yes of course the summer movies are presented at the Ohio. My question was about the couple of movies that CAPA has also shown at the Lincoln. I was wondering if it was equipped with film projectors or digital or both.

Keith on October 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Mark capa uses the ohio theater for summer movies. they show film and digital.

MarkDHite on July 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm

The Lincoln was included as a venue in CAPA’s Summer Movie Series one or two years. Were those movies digital presentations?

David Nedrow
David Nedrow on July 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

Hey, a reply exactly one year later! ;)

Keith is right, something is “better than nothing”, but it doesn’t change the fact that the Lincoln no longer operates as a movie theatre.

Keith on July 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm

at the re-opening they showed a history of the theater digital video on a movie screen. better than nothing.

David Nedrow
David Nedrow on July 5, 2010 at 2:30 pm

The projection booth was removed during the renovations, so they can no longer show film.

Keith on May 9, 2010 at 8:18 am

CAPA is proud to announce the launch of the Lincoln Theatre website! The heart of the King-Lincoln District, the Lincoln Website will serve as a community website that will inform on upcoming events, present information on all the upcoming shows, and serve as a portal on the history of the historic theatre! Visit the NEW Lincoln Theatre website today at

MarkDHite on May 30, 2009 at 5:52 am

The “restored” (actually completely rebuilt) theatre is really superb. Search the website of the Columbus Dispatch for articles with stunning photos of the theatre.

theatrerulz on May 24, 2009 at 10:56 am

The Theatre officially opens this week! We have a FREE open house, Memorial Day from 1-4pm. Tours will be given and the Columbus Jazz Youth orchestra will be giving a free concert on the stage in the second floor Ballroom. The theatre is now listed as a CAPA venue on the site too. The site does list some upcoming performances on the calendar.

FYI: The actual address of the theatre is 769 E Long St. Not that it matters that much, the above addy listed is for one of the store fronts. The theatre seats 566 and is restored to its original Egyptian elegance. A balcony was added during the renovations, where there orinally was none.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 13, 2009 at 10:45 am

Glad to hear that. Columbus actually has a pretty good record in saving historic theatres — the Ohio, Palace, Southern, Pythian (in the King Arts Complex) and now the Lincoln.

jrobertclark on May 13, 2009 at 10:36 am

Yep. With Maurice Hines, Deneyce (I’m sure I spelled her name wrong) Graves, Harlem Gospel Choir and Bobby “Blue” Bland. I’m so pleased the city has saved this theater. Columbus has an uncanny knack for paving under its heritage, and knocking down its architectural marvels to build parking lots and concrete garages….

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 6, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Memorial Day weekend is coming up soon. Is the grand opening still scheduled for then?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on March 3, 2009 at 7:25 pm

The phone number on the marquee, [614] 645-5464 , belongs to the nearby King Arts Complex.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on March 3, 2009 at 6:57 pm

The marquee advertises a gospel show running March 23 to April 8. So I guess construction is finished? Has there been a grand opening ceremony yet?

theatrerulz on May 8, 2008 at 3:58 pm

The Lincoln IS currently being restored. The city of columbus owns it and is paying for the renovations. CAPA (owns/manages Ohio theatre, Palace Theatre & Southern theatre among others) is handling renovations and has already began to book the venue. They have BIG plans for that little theatre!
Before the renovations began last fall, CAPA employees were allowed a tour of the theatre. WHAT A MESS! In the house, no seats and no flooring remains save for the concrete. Balcony is gone (although we couln’t figure out where it would have been). Rumor has it there used to be one but there seems to be no documentation on it. We weren’t allowed on the stage as the stage floor was so rotted it was dangerous. There’s a small pit and storage under the stage. Dressings rooms had been gutted and vandalized by vagrants(who even knocked down a couple walls). The second floor has a finished ballroom that was still being used and the third floor was a large open space that will be made into rehearsal spaces and the Jazz Academy. When it opens it will be home to the Columbus Jazz Arts Group among others who are planning to reside there. Maurice Hines has been hired as Artistic Director for the theatre.
If anyone has any photos/info on this theatre CAPA would really like it for their arcives. go to Although they haven’t added the theatre to their website they are currently booking the venue.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on April 1, 2008 at 6:57 pm

The folks at the King Arts Complex can probably help. The Pythian Theater, now part of that complex, should probably be added to CinemaTreasures as well.

webstermeg on April 1, 2008 at 6:06 pm

I am currently doing a project on the history of this theater but am having an incredibly difficult time finding primary sources. They only seem available at the Ohio Historic Society or the Columbus Library and I am in Boone, NC and cannot travel to Ohio anytime soon. Can anyone help me contact a local historian or anyone who may be able to help me?? Thanks so much ()