Lincoln Theatre Presenting Biggest Season Ever
Marion, VA – For the past 10 years, The Lincoln Theatre has been rebuilding their brand. Once known as the finest movie house in Southwest Virginia, where in 1929 it opened its doors showing one of the first talking pictures in the region. After years of neglect and falling into ruin, The Lincoln was brought back to life in 2004. Today it is known as Southwest Virginia’s Finest Showplace, featuring incredible architecture and design and what many musicians refer to as the “best house for acoustics.” The Lincoln Theatre is home to Song of the Mountains, a nationally-syndicated concert series that features the best in bluegrass, old time, and Americana music. The award-winning public television series has brought acclaim and national visibility to the theatre and Downtown Marion, Virginia. While the bluegrass tradition of Song of the Mountains is a major part of The Lincoln Theatre brand, the stage also features performances ranging from the symphony and live theatre to blues and rock. In 2014, as part of the 10 Year Anniversary, the theatre started a new concert series called The Lincoln Listening Room. Intended to focus on the artist and provide an environment for young musicians that focuses on listening, the Listening Room series has featured local musicians and national names including Yarn and The David Wax Museum.
The first half of The Lincoln’s 10 Year Anniversary saw an increase in entertainment offerings and sold out performances. With special performances by Robin & Linda Williams and Yesterday: A Beatles Tribute from Las Vegas, The Lincoln celebrated their official anniversary in style. The fall season programming continues the new tradition of diverse performances with the largest lineup The Lincoln has seen: more than 35 performances in the season! “Though our fall season is already underway, there is still plenty to come,” noted Executive Director Kristin Untiedt-Barnett. “Here at The Lincoln we work hard to offer something for every taste and make a special effort to keep our average ticket price around $15, with special discounts for groups and children on many of our shows.” Untiedt-Barnett explained that the theatre also offers shows with free admission where patrons have the option of making a donation to the theatre. “We are very excited about bringing the US Navy Band’s Country Current group for one of our free concerts this fall,” she said. “The Lincoln will be the first stop on their tour and is the perfect venue for their bluegrass and country sound.”
Other special features in the coming weeks include a theatrical performance that pays tribute to American literary legend Mark Twain and a group of Artists in Residence from the United Kingdom. Mark Twain and Mr. Clemens, Tonight! is a one-man show that brings both the real man and his literary alter-ego to the stage at the same time. Sharing the witticism, wisdom, and humor of the famed writer, the performance moves from historical fact to fiction through songs and tales of the past. The Lincoln Theatre is also hosting a group of artists from the UK for a two-week residency where they will bring the culture and heritage of their region to Appalachia. Through research and studies of lyrical content and style, the artists have made distinct connections between the two regions and will share their findings through a multimedia performance titled Those Were The Days My Friends! Folk songs will be performed live alongside archive images and film that depict rural life, folk customs, and characters with timeless stories. The project is partially funded with grant support from Arts Council England and the British Council and will include performances and research throughout the two week residency.
Details on upcoming shows and online ticket orders are available on The Lincoln Theatre’s website: www.thelincoln.org. For more information or to make group reservations, please contact The Lincoln Box Office: 276-783-6092.
The Lincoln Theatre is a non-profit arts organization and receives programming support from Virginia Commission for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts, the Town of Marion, the Williams-Berry Charitable Foundation, and members of our community.