Lincoln Theatre

500 W. 5th Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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The Lincoln Theatre opened on Christmas Eve, 1913, located on W. 5th Street at John Street. It was originally a combination house (vaudeville and movies,) though it also hosted a stock company for a while in the 1910’s. The Lincoln Theatre was one of the earliest theaters in Cincinnati to be owned and operated by African Americans, and it catered to an African American audience.

The Indianapolis-based newspaper The Freeman reported on the opening of the house, saying the the Lincoln Theatre was “…the prettiest little playhouse in the city.” The building was of concrete construction, with interior woodwork, including the seats, all of mahogany.

The Lincoln Theatre was still open in 1950. The old west end of Cincinnati, including the site of the Lincoln Theatre, has been largely obliterated by the construction of the massive interchange of Interstate Highways 71 and 75.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 15, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Chuck, the Google Map on this page doesn’t show Cincinnati. It doesn’t even show Ohio. It shows a small Wisconsin town called Reedsville.

If you zoom in on the Google map of Cincinnati, you’ll find a small fragment of John Street still exists, buried inside the highway interchange, and running a block and a half north from 3rd Street. It no longer intersects with 5th Street.

Google Maps will probably never be able to find this theater’s location. 5th Street has been replaced by an offramp. The neighborhood is entirely gone.

But I find it inexplicable that Google Maps can’t even find downtown Cincinnati from the zip code on this page. It had no trouble finding Cincinnati for the Pekin Theatre page (even though the map there puts the pin icon on East 5th instead of West 5th, where the theater actually was. The Pekin was just down the block from the Lincoln.)

I also don’t know why the name of the Lincoln’s architectural firm isn’t showing. It was designed by Stewart & Stewart, already listed at Cinema Treasures as architects of the Nordland Theatre.

hanksykes
hanksykes on April 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

As listed by Joe Vogel the site map on this site is of the wrong city and area. The Lincoln was located where Interstate 75 now sits.

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