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DC picks 9:30 Club owner to run Lincoln Theatre

Thursday - 6/27/2013, 3:50pm  ET

BRETT ZONGKER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The historic Lincoln Theatre where Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald once played on U Street will soon be operated by entertainment group I.M.P, which owns Washington's 9:30 Club.

Mayor Vincent Gray announced Thursday that I.M.P was selected as the winning bidder to operate the theater beginning in September. The city says I.M.P brings a proven track record. It currently operates the 9:30 Club and Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md.

In a statement, Seth Hurwitz of I.M.P says it's an honor to be entrusted with bringing new life to an old theater. He says many shows don't fit in the 9:30 Club but will have a place at the Lincoln.

In late 2011, the theater was threatened with closure after the city cut off subsidies and began seeking new management.


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