Historic theater in Lincoln will be honored

The city of Lincoln, Ill., and Main Street Lincoln soon will honor the historic Lincoln Theatre as a part of National Preservation Week, according to the Lincoln Daily News.

The theater, now a four-screen movie house, sits just a couple of blocks from Route 66 in downtown Lincoln, at 215 S. Kickapoo St. It’s been operating since 1923, and is the city’s only remaining theater from the Route 66 era.

During a May 20 screening of the new film “The Conspirator,” a drama about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, participants have their names placed into an Abraham Lincoln stovepipe hat. The winning name drawn from the hat will receive free tickets to movies shown in July.

On the evening of the drawing, a framed copy of a historic preservation proclamation from Main Street Lincoln will be given to the theater owner, along with a framed copy of related articles in the news media.

On May 16, a resolution from the mayor and city council regarding National Historic Preservation Month will be presented for adoption. This will be in recognition of the preservation of the Lincoln Theater. […]

Main Street Lincoln thanks the owners of the Lincoln Theater for their efforts to preserve the marquee. The theater’s historic features will always be a focus as upgrades are taking place.

A photo of this Lincoln Theater can be found here.

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