Lincoln Cinemas

215 S. Kickapoo Street,
Lincoln, IL 61656

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Lincoln Cinemas, Lincoln, IL

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The Lincoln was built in 1922 by Steve Bennis, who later founded the Bennis chain of theaters which included the Lincoln, the Vogue, the Grand and the Auto-Vue Drive-In. The Lincoln opened in early 1923 with the Lon Chaney film “John Quincy Adams Sawyer”. The Lincoln featured an organ and live stage shows well into the 30s.

The Lincoln was twinned in 1985, and about a decade later, turned into a quad. The theater is currently a first-run house, and part of the GKC Theatres chain.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 23, 2005 at 4:01 pm

Photos and some history of the Lincoln, Grand, Vogue and Auto Vue Drive-In can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 26, 2007 at 8:45 am

This is a 2007 photo of the Lincoln Cinemas.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 10, 2007 at 7:00 pm

A Geneva theater organ size 2/8 was installed in the Lincoln Theater in 1924. Note: A.F. Johnson nameplate.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 8, 2008 at 2:17 pm

This is now the Lincoln Cinema 4 operated by Carmike Cinemas.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Here is a recent shot of the marquee.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 31, 2010 at 5:34 pm

A local operator expects to purchase this theater from Carmike; it will be renamed the Lincoln Theater 4: View link

roburtone
roburtone on May 30, 2011 at 10:02 am

I love the exterior of this theater! Here are some recent views.

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stormdog
stormdog on January 26, 2014 at 12:36 pm

I took a number of photos of the Lincoln in July of 2012 that I’m just getting to posting. Here’s a link to one of them; more are nearby in my Flickr photostream.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stormdog42/12158678146/

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