Lincoln Theatre

Lincoln Theatre

An Article By Margaret Horak

Built in 1926, the historic Lincoln Theatre was hailed for its originality and beauty. It featured a Spanish motif during a time when Egyptian and Chinese designs were popular. Its Renaissance Revival style is identified by its symmetrical facade, classical details and sandstone construction.

The partnership of noted architect William Aitken and theatre manager Edwin Halberg ensured the interior would be as unique as the exterior. Friends and colleagues begged him to follow what the other theaters were doing, but he foresaw a time when people would tire of the ordinary. Mr. Halberg chose colors for the walls and decorative touches in the primary colors of blue, yellow and red.

If you've visited the Lincoln, you've noticed the unusual wall treatment - swirls of a plastered surface, known as travertine finish, with the mottled hues of natural travertine limestone. This gives the walls a very subtle glistening effect.

The heart of the Lincoln Theatre is an original Wurlitzer organ, one of only two left in the United States that are 2-manual, 7-rank D-2 Full Unit Orchestra models. It has a complete set of organ pipes as well as silver chimes mounted on the auditorium's painted columns.

Originally, the Lincoln was built for vaudeville and silent movie shows. Today, the Lincoln presents year-round current and classic movies, as well as live concerts and theater productions. It also serves as a venue for fundraisers for local non-profit organizations.

To learn more about the Lincoln Theatre and its Foundation, please visit LincolnTheatre.org.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Ann McGill

 

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