One of the more historic buildings featured on Abandoned Baton Rouge is the 1950s-era Lincoln Theatre, at one time a "blacks only" movie house. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke there when planning the Montgomery bus boycott. According to commenters on the post, musicians such as James Brown and Chuck Berry performed there, it showed porn and blaxsploitation films toward the end, and it was possibly the site of a race riot in 1972, although that was probably at the Temple theater. (Such is the ephemeral nature of "oral" history passed on in blog comments.)
The good news is the Lincoln was recently purchased by the Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame, with plans to add on a museum and return it to a functional theater once again, hopefully within the year. Before that, the sign will light up again.
The original ABR Lincoln post inspired a lively comment thread, but my favorite comment to this older post came recently from commenter S. Green.
I spent most of my young years going to the Lincoln, Temple and Ann theaters. The Lincoln was always my favorite because there was an upstairs and downstairs. My big sister would always take the five young siblings and make us sit downstairs while she, her friends and boyfriends all sat upstairs. I always wondered why we couldn't sit with them. I remembered when you could save soft drink bottle tops and get in free! It was opened the year I was born and my mother told stories of how the "creoles" had a special day that they went to the theatre and the regular blacks couldn't go on that day with them. OH, there is lots of history! Some we may want to relive; some we may not!
I was glad to have a former patron remember the place, and especially intrigued by the memory of creole days at the theater. No one has brought that up before, and I haven't seen in other online write ups about the theater.
Thanks, S. Green!