500 W. 5th Street,
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The Lincoln Theatre opened on Christmas Eve, 1913, located on W. 5th Street at John Street. It was originally a combination house (vaudeville and movies,) though it also hosted a stock company for a while in the 1910’s. The Lincoln Theatre was one of the earliest theaters in Cincinnati to be owned and operated by African Americans, and it catered to an African American audience.
The Indianapolis-based newspaper The Freeman reported on the opening of the house, saying the the Lincoln Theatre was “…the prettiest little playhouse in the city.” The building was of concrete construction, with interior woodwork, including the seats, all of mahogany.
The Lincoln Theatre was closed in 1957. The old west end of Cincinnati, including the site of the Lincoln Theatre, has been largely obliterated by the construction of the massive interchange of Interstate Highways 71 and 75.
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