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Lincoln Theatre - Charleston, SC

Lincoln Theatre
601 King Street
Opened: February, 1920
Closed: in the early 1970's
Torn Down: November 9, 1989 following damage by Hurricane Hugo

The Lincoln Theatre featured live shows and movies when it opened. Live shows cost fifteen and twenty cents. The films that were exhibited were often edited to eleminate scenes that might promote racial agitation.

Damon Ireland Thomas ran the Lincoln Theatre for the Bijou Amusement Company of Nashville, Tennessee. Thomas was very proud of the Lincoln Theatre. In addition to receiving half the theatre's profit, Thomas was paid a five-figure salary, one of the highest salaries in Charleston at the time.

Thomas billed the Lincoln Theatre as "a good theatre in the best town on earth."

To learn more about Mr. Damon Ireland Thomas, see the Profiles section.


Lincoln Theatre - Concession area
Photo courtesy Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture


Lincoln Theatre in 1986

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