Lincoln Theatre

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The Lincoln Theatre is a former movie theater which was operated by Sam Raine at 1926 1st Avenue North in Bessemer from 1948 to 1983. The 5,000 square foot building, built in 1910, was re-faced in teal and white glazed tile. Raine's son-in-law, Sam Maple was manager.

Before integration, the theater solely accommodated black audiences. After it closed, the building was used by other businesses. Most recently John Boyd used the auditorium as storage space for his adjoining Economy Clothing & Furniture business.

In July 2012 attorneys Jake Bivona, Bret Gray and Ken Gray incorporated a non-profit organization, the Lincoln Phoenix Project to pursue restoration of the former theater as part of a performing arts center for downtown Bessemer. Board member Kevin Wayne produced and directed a short documentary film about the theater's history and potential reuse.

Actor André Holland purchased the building in 2017, planning to restore it as a community asset. The non-profit Holland Project was incorporated by his parents, Mary and Donald Holland, and his sister Natalie. The group was awarded a $21,000 grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 2019 to support the project's design phase. Ted Perry of Shive Design designed a logo for the project.


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