Lincoln Theatre

2300 South Central Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90011

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Lincoln Theatre auditorium

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The Lincoln Theatre opened October 7, 1927 with Mary Astor and Gilbert Roland in “Rose of the Golden West” and on stage Curtis Mosby’s Dixieland Blue Blowers. This South Central theatre was sold to a church in 1962.

The Lincoln Theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre on July 7, 2007 at 6:34 pm

Brief in the LA Times dated 6/22/26:

A picture theater for negroes only to be as elaborately beautiful as any theater in the city and to seat 1700 persons will be built by Adolph Ramish, according to the announcement of that enterprising citizen yesterday. The new theater will be situated at Twenty Third and Central Streets, and the architect will be John Paxton Pirenne.

All the entertainers who surround the picture bill will be negroes as also will be all attaches and attendants of the house. Films of first quality will be shown, as is done in other first-class neighborhood houses.

William on July 20, 2007 at 11:39 am

Looks like they got rid of the vertical sign from the facade of the theatre now.

kencmcintyre on July 20, 2007 at 11:49 am

I think the current church took it off. It was there a few years ago.

sebcash on August 17, 2007 at 11:42 am

Thank you so much for posting those recent pictures! I haven’t seen the inside of this place since I was a small child growing up in Southern California in the 1980s. My parents used to take us there for worship services held there by the area’s diocese of our denomination (Church of God In Christ). They purchased it in 1962(?) and held services there through the late 80s/early 90s(?). I’m unsure if they moved because they outgrew the building or because of the dramatic increase in crime in the area. Anyway, during their occupancy the building was renamed “Crouch Temple Church of God In Christ” after the Bishop (Samuel Crouch) who presided over the diocese when it was purchased. This is what the vertical marquee read. Here’s a link to a story from Time Magazine in March 1969 about a revival held there: View link

Please post or email if you ever get a chance to take any more pictures. I’d love to see some of the lower levels. Thanks again.

kencmcintyre on August 17, 2007 at 11:47 am

They were not very receptive when I was walking around with my camera. I think an arrangement would have to be made before I go back there again.

kencmcintyre on October 30, 2007 at 7:25 am

Here is a December 1928 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on April 16, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Scroll down to the Lincoln Theater section on this site. They posted my CT photos from 2007, also linked to my photobucket account. I’m famous.

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