VIP Lincoln Grand 8
225 S. Kickapoo Street,
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VIP Cinemas (Official)
Operated by: VIP Cinemas
Architects: Edward P. Rupert
Firms: R. Levine & Co.
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Colonial Revival
Previous Names: Lincoln Theatre, Lincoln Cinemas
The 900-seat Lincoln Theatre was built in 1922 by Steve Bennis, who later founded the Bennis chain of theatres which included the Lincoln Theatre, the Vogue Theatre, the Grand Theatre and the Auto-Vue Drive-In. The Lincoln Theatre opened on February 12, 1923 with Lon Chaney in “John Quincy Adams Sawyer”. The Lincoln Theatre featured a Geneva 2 manual 9 ranks organ and live stage shows well into the 1930’s.
The Lincoln Theatre was twinned in 1985, and about a decade later, turned into a quad. The theatre was a first-run house, and part of the GKC Theatres chain. By 2016 another four screens had been added. It was closed in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Its closure is permanent. In 2021 it was taken over and reopened by VIP Cinemas.
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