Lincoln Theatre

2300 S. Central Ave.  | map |  

Los Angeles, CA 90011 

Website:  Sorry, Spanish only.

Opened: October 7, 1927. At the opening A. Phillip Randolph, the head of the Pullman Porters Union spoke and blues singer Sarah Martin entertained.  The revue for the week was "Chocolate Scandals."  

The opening picture was First National's "Rose of the Golden West" with Mary Astor. 

This was the showplace of  South Central that hosted all the big black touring acts and was famous for its weekly talent shows.  A mural of Abraham Lincoln hung above the grand staircase. 

Architect: John Paxton Perrine designed the building for Adolph Ramish. Perrine also designed the Fox Redondo.

Seating: 1,960

Status: It's been a church since 1962, Ministerios Juda.  It was designated Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #744 in 2003.

More Information: See the Lincoln Theatre page on Cinema Treasures. The Lincoln Theatre page on Cinema Tour has several 2005 Bob Meza exterior photos.

The Lincoln also gets a listing with some history on Wikimapia.

The Lincoln Theatre is discussed at length in R.J. Smith's "The Great Black Way: LA in the 40's" from PublicAffairs Press, New York, 2006.

Another view of the Lincoln Theatre.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

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Another facade view.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

    Ken McIntyre on Photobucket

Famous photographer Ken McIntyre bravely
 took a number of shots of the theatre in 2007. 
Here's a view looking toward the stage. 
full size view 

 Ken's Photobucket album
 includes this balcony view.  
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A detail of the sidewall by Ken.
 full size view

Other photos of the Lincoln Theatre by Ken:
| balcony seating | stairway  | lobby |
| facade  | side of building  |
| more of the side | end of marquee |  

    Photos of Los Angeles

A rare July 1949 look at the Lincoln
 located by Ken McIntyre for his
 Photos of Los Angeles page.
 full size view  | on FB/LAtheatres

The Lincoln Theatre from the north.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

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A closer view of the facade.

Wikipedia - 2008

| on Wikipedia |

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    L.A. Public Library Photo Collection 

A 1962 exterior view from the Library's collection.
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A view of the proscenium of the Lincoln in 1962.
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Looking toward the rear of the auditorium.
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A 1962 view of the Lincoln Theatre's lobby.
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 More from the Library collection:
| exterior - 1960 | marquee detail - 1962 |
  | grand stair | Mildred Washington's Creole Cuties  |
 | another Cuties view |


    Marchand Meffre Photography   

A stunning view across the balcony of the Lincoln
by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre. 
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