The Lincoln Gets Programming That Could Actually Draw a Crowd
It's a Christmas miracle for the Lincoln Theatre! Per DCmud, the city is expected to announce today that:
Landmark Theatres will sponsor The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher's $150-million Hollywood adaption of the wildly popular book, one in a trilogy of novels by the late Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. In an effort to assist the city's efforts to animate the historic building, Landmark will donate all proceeds of ticket sales to the city. Screening will begin next Wednesday, the date of the film's release, with 3 screenings planned per day.
The film, which will be the first first-run movie shown at the Lincoln in recent memory, will screen for four weeks.
For a space that's too large to accommodate anything remotely alternative—there are 1,225 seats in the Lincoln—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a smart choice. The much-hyped film will almost certainly be a blockbuster, and for residents of the U Street NW corridor, walking a few blocks will surely trump a trip downtown.
The Lincoln hasn't had an easy time recently; on Dec. 31, operations of the theater will change hands from the U Street Theatre Foundation to the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities. But DCCAH will only run things temporarily, and will seek out an artistic director for the space.
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