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My colleague Ally Schweitzer argues that the faltering Lincoln Theatre can’t be saved with public dollars:
The Lincoln Theatre should not be propped up indefinitely, nor should it be abandoned. Lincoln has hosted strong programming recently, including two Arena Stage seasons, an NEA Jazz Masters concert, the go-go awards, and a two-day Indian arts festival. But promoters I spoke to said it desperately lacks a competitive edge.
Mayor Vince Gray was right when he called the Lincoln’s business model “not sustainable.” In FY 2009, the Lincoln didn’t pull in enough to cover its payroll. The theater was dark for more than half of 2010. Lack of programming revenues has left the theater’s board scrambling, evidenced by its recent, unfulfilled request for a $500,000 emergency cash infusion.
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