The Lincoln Theatre is a state-of-the-art performing arts and education center in Columbus, Ohio, and a landmark in African-American and jazz history.


Cue the confetti, the Lincoln is getting ready to celebrate the 15th anniversary of our re-birth on Saturday, May 25, 2024. For those of you who have been with us since our re-founders Larry James, then-Mayor Michael B. Coleman and the late Bill Conner began securing the building, ensuring the renovation was true to its history with an eye towards the future—you know what a labor of love this journey has been. For the next six weeks, we will be celebrating the past, highlighting the present, and dreaming of the future alongside of you. So, please tune in each week to be a part of the story.

In the past 15 years, we have evolved from an historic building to an organization making history with an ever-expanding roster of programs serving our community and our artists from the age of 6 on up. As we celebrate the Lincoln, we will be sharing the importance of our artist education programs, our performance series, our youth education efforts, and our community engagement efforts.

The Lincoln is a cultural icon that is committed to transforming the lives of diverse communities through the joy of multi-ethnic, multi-generational and multi-purpose arts and education.


The mission of the Lincoln Theatre Association is to serve as the steward of the historic landmark theatre, as an incubator for talented, emerging artists in our community, as a presenter of the highest quality artists from around the world, and as a creative partner that is an economic catalyst for the revitalization of the King-Lincoln District and downtown Columbus.

performances at the Lincoln since its 2009 reopening
students attended our Patternz Summer Camp
artists have graduated from our Incubation Program


First opened in 1928, the Lincoln Theatre is a landmark in African-American and jazz history. Developed, designed, constructed, and managed entirely by African-Americans, the Lincoln Theatre quickly became the place to see and be seen.


When you become a Friend of the Lincoln, you join the company of other Friends and artists that enjoy the diverse performances, programming, and special events the Lincoln Theatre has to offer.

Your support enables The Lincoln to be a beacon of hope within the community through the arts.