Lincoln Theatre

1332 E. 18th Street,
Kansas City, MO 64106

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The original Lincoln Theater

The Lincoln Theatre opened in February 22, 1920 as an African-American theatre with seating provided for 1,500. It was located on the northwest corner of E. 18th Street and Lydia Avenue. It went through a major remodel in 1936 with seating reduced to 1,350. The architect was Robert O. Boller of the Boller Brothers. The remodel transformed the theatre into a Streamline Moderne house. The Lincoln Theatre closed in 1953.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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spectrum on November 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Google aerial photos indicate both the Lincoln and Liberty Theaters are demolished.

claydoh77 on June 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

According to this was an African-American theatre. Advertised as “the theater beautiful,” the 1,500-seat Lincoln Theater opened in February 1920.

RobbKCity on June 21, 2012 at 11:57 am

A photo of the Lincoln Theater can be found at the following link:

RobbKCity on January 6, 2015 at 8:48 am

1330-1334 East 18th (18th and Lydia) was the actual address of the Lincoln Theater.

Texas2step on May 10, 2017 at 7:29 pm

This one opened on February 22, 1920.

WTKFLHN on July 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm

This theater was also operated by Fox Midwest for Black patrons in 1940’s and 50’s

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