Lincoln Theatre

329 S. Fifth Street,
Springfield, IL 62701

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Along with the former Majestic Theatre (better known as the Roxy Theatre), the Princess Theatre was one of the earlier legitimate theaters opened on Springfield’s Fifth Street, in 1884, the same year as the Majestic Theatre.

Later, like the Majestic Theatre, the Princess Theatre switched to vaudeville, and after that, to movies.

By the 1920’s, it was renamed the Fox Theatre, and in the 1930’s, became the Lincoln Theatre.

When it closed in 1976, the Lincoln Theatre had been screening adult fare for several years.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 12, 2007 at 4:05 am

A Kilgen theater organ opus 4920 was installed in the Lincoln Theater in 1932. Note: New Console and pedal relay only.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 1, 2012 at 1:54 am

The December 22, 1928, issue of Motion Picture News said that Dominick Fresna had opened the remodeled Princess Theatre at Springfield, Illinois, as the Lincoln Theatre on Thanksgiving Day.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Pictured in 1938 as Fox Lincoln at top left of this page: Boxoffice

cardsfans15
cardsfans15 on September 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm

does anyone have any pictures of the inside of this theater? i’m interested in the kind of lighting they used.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 10, 2012 at 5:43 am

Considering the history of this theater given above, I’m a bit puzzled by this item from the April 11, 1914, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“Remodeling of the Unity Building at the corner of Fifth street and Capitol avenue, to be used as the home of the new Princess Moving Picture Theater, has begun.”

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

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