The Lincoln Theatre originally opened July 1, 1929 operating as the premier movie house in Southwest Virginia, thousands of motion pictures flashed across the screen during its 44 years of operation before its closing in December of 1973. It reopened for a short time during the mid-70’s but could not stay afloat on the few customers it had, because of this the building and its systems fell into disrepair. The theatre closed its doors again on August 28, 1977.Use our Marion day trip planner to add The Lincoln Theater and other attractions to your Marion vacation plans.
By the late 1970’s The Lincoln Theatre Foundation had obtained the building with hopes of preserving, which sat neglected until the 1990’s when the effort to preserve the theatre was revived and more than $1.8 million was raised. A local firm and hundreds of volunteers came to the aid of the dilapidated theatre. They transformed the abandoned movie house into the finest show place in Southwest Virginia by adding a state-of-the-art sound-and-lighting system, dressing rooms, rehearsal space, and expanding the stage.
The Lincoln Theatre reopened its historic doors on May 16, 2004 with a performance by Riders in the Sky. The Lincoln Theatre offers year-round events and is available as a venue to touring companies, performance groups, and individual artists. As the theatre stands today it is one of only three existing Art Deco Mayan Revival theatres and is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Virginia Historic Landmark.
For more information you can call us at (276)-783-6092 or stop by and take a tour.
The Lincoln Theater reviews
We went for a Song of the Mountains concert and taping for PBS. This theatre is about 100 years old and beautifully restored. I understand that it is one of only 2 Mayan theme theatres in the... more »
Attended “Song of the Mountain” taping. Theater restoration seems to have been done extremely well. Quality of concert superb! more »
Beautiful old, politically incorrect theater. Good acoustics. Really enjoyed Song of the Mountains.
Outstanding theater. Great music and Tim White is the best!!
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