1101-1103 Queen Street,
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Architects: Henry A. Bramlow
Previous Names: Lincoln Theater, OIympic Theater
The Lincoln Theater opened about 1921 to serve Alexandria’s African-American community. Local property owners had opposed the construction of the theater as they worried it would affect property values and cause disruption. The Lincoln Theater presented movies and vaudeville.
The theater was purchased by a local African-American group in November 1921. Another movie operator renamed the theater the Olympic Theater in 1930, but in late-1932 he closed it as too few attended. In January 1933, it was remodeled and reopened as the Capitol Theater. In 1939, a new theater building replaced it, and that closed in the early-1950’s and later became an auto parts store.
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