Plans to restore theater reflect city-county cooperation
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Franklin County’s decision to support renovation of the Lincoln Theater is good news, not only for an icon of Columbus’ black community, but for civic cooperation.
The Franklin County commissioners announced last week that they will match the city of Columbus’ $4 million contribution to the Lincoln effort. This is just the latest in a series of cooperative ventures, which include consolidating the area’s airports in 2002 and, starting soon, building a baseball park Downtown.
Reviving the Lincoln, a focal point of black cultural life from the 1930s to the 1960s, long has been close to Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s heart. He envisions it as “a national model,” a showcase for black cultural events, with an auditorium and ballroom booked more than 200 days a year and adjacent storefronts attracting people to the theater and the nearby King Arts Complex.