It was 1928 when a new building was dedicated at the corner of Garfield and Long Streets in Columbus. It was called the Ogden Theatre and Ballroom and it was built and managed entirely by African-Americans in Columbus. The Egyptian Revival decor was popular due to the amazing discovery of King Tut’s tomb a few years earlier. It was here where a three-year-old Sammy David Jr. debuts his talents and where many jazz greats appeared — from Miles Davis to Columbus native Nancy Wilson.
The theatre had a number of management changes and was renamed the Lincoln Theatre in 1938. In the 1960s, the Lincoln was force to close its doors and was saved from destruction in the early 90s. Now, its been revived and will be a showplace for many Columbus performing arts groups and community gatherings. CAPA has lead an awesome renovation of the new 574 seat Lincoln Theatre and I hope everyone experiences one of the performances starting Memorial Day weekend.
WOSU is particularly proud to have advised CAPA early in the renovation to enable them to install fiber optic cable and create camera positions throughout the facility. We’re building a new collaboration with the Columbus Jazz Arts Group to broadcast some of their initial concerts from the Lincoln.
The Jazz folks will occupy the entire third floor of the theatre complex and offer courses for keyboard and music technology and a variety of educational programs. It’s a wonderful opportunity for collaborations with local schools.
Here are a few photographs by WOSU’s John Prosek during a recent tour of the theatre.