Lincoln Theatre

120 York Street NE,
Aiken, SC 29801

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The Immanuel Institute Building was built in 1889. It became a school, which ceased to operate in 1934, and it was converted into the Lincoln Theatre. Initially it was an African-American theatre, but after fire destroyed the State Theatre on August 11, 1938, the Lincoln Theatre began to cater for white audiences as well as African-American audiences.

In 1939 African-American audiences moved to the New Colored Theatre in town when a new owner of the Lincoln Theatre decided to change its policy.

The Lincoln Theatre was sold in 1942 to the Redemptionist Fathers, an African-American sect of the Catholic Church, and they began the St. Gerard Parish.

Today the Lincoln Theatre is home to the Center for African-American History, Art & Culture.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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