Constructed in 1926, the Lincoln Theatre shared the corridor with other theatres including: the Globe, Tivoli, Angelus, and Hub. The Lincoln Theatre was the largest theatre with an orchestra pit, large stage, and seating for 2,100 patrons. Designed by John Paxton Perrine, the Lincoln Theatre cost $500,000 to build and is an example of Moorish Revival architecture.
For more than 30 years, the Lincoln hosted a variety of stage shows, plays, concerts, talent shows, vaudeville, and motion pictures, including live performances. It was often referred to as “The West Coast Apollo” because it featured many of the same acts as the Apollo Theater in Harlem. It was outside the Lincoln Theatre in the late 1940s that eden ahbez handed the song “Nature Boy” to Nat King Cole’s valet, which reached the top of the Billboard musical charts and helped establish Cole’s solo career.
In 1962, the Lincoln Theatre was converted to a church and today it continues to be used for religious services.