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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