U Street Corridor
Built in 1922, The Lincoln Theatre was at the center of an African-American cultural renaissance on U Street in the early part of the 20th century. Serving the local community when many patrons and acts were kept out of venues due to segregation, Washington natives like Duke Ellington and Pearl Bailey were joined by nationally acclaimed artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, and Sarah Vaughan to regularly sold out shows.
The theatre fell into some disrepair in later years -- but still served as the stage for Dave Chappelle’s timeless comedy special Killing Them Softly. I.M.P. was selected to run and operate the Lincoln by the DC government, and since reopening in 2013, a broad range of acts -- musical and comic -- have graced the hallowed stage including Louis C.K., Lauryn Hill, and Kendrick Lamar.