The environment in which surrounds the Lincoln Theatre is incredibly historic, the exterior is of the Lincoln Theatre and its surrounding is probably just as significant as the theatre itself. Since being re-done the outside of thee theatre is regal and polished making he theatre inviting and presentable all while keeping that old school, classic looks that the Lincoln Theatre is known for. The theatre itself is surrounded by history, right next to it is the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl, that was founded in 1958! A few doors down from the theatre is the a grand new living space called The Ellington Apartments. Ironically, enough one of the most famous people to play at the Lincoln Theatre when it first opened as Duke Ellington. The namesake of the new luxury apartments I’m sure is a nod to the historical significance of not only Lincoln Theatre but of U Street’s connection to the great musician. Although one could say that the theatre is located right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of U Street right next to one of DC’s Most famous eateries, luxury apartments, U Street Music Hall, and across the street from a metro station, the theatre does not have a hard time of standing it from its surroundings, it sits on the corner, bold and regal.
A much as the Lincoln Theatre is effected by the history of its exterior and its surroundings, its just as heavily effected by politics. First, U Street much like the majority of Washington DC is being gentrified, not shockingly so. The politics of money is what really is connected the Lincoln Theatre, The renovations, the new ownership, who owns the theatre, where its located all have to do with politics of money, with the hopes that these factors will attract the people with money. The people whom live in the Ellington, next door to the theatre are going to be only people whom are culture connoisseurs with money.