Return of the King

One of Columbus’ landmarks in African-American and jazz history will reopen its doors to the public starting this May with a jammed-pack week of events and concerts.  The historic Lincoln Theatre on Long Street has undergone a $13.5 million renovation and will once again serve as a multi-use, state-of-the-art urban performing arts and education center, as well as a home for ten local performing arts organizations.

First opened in 1928, the Lincoln Theatre is one of the few surviving commercial buildings from an era that toted an unmatched African-American cultural, social, and economic strength in Columbus.  Its restoration is just the start of revitalization plans for the King-Lincoln District with the hopes of attracting new residential and commercial investment.  

To celebrate the theatre’s grand return, a neighborhood open house will be held on Memorial Day followed by a series of concerts from current national touring artists in jazz, blues, opera and gospel.  Acts include legendary Broadway dancer, director and choreographer, as well as Artistic Director-in-Residence for the Lincoln Theatre, Maurice Hines who will take the stage on May 28th.  Other performances include Bobby “Blue” Bland, Denyce Graves and the Harlem Gospel Choir.  For more information visit