AKA: Lincoln Theater, Mount Vernon, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - stores; built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Aitken, William, Architect (firm); William Aitken (architect/engineer)

Dates: constructed 1926

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712 South 1st Street
Downtown, Mount Vernon, WA 98273-3813

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Building History

The building, consisting of a theatre and attached retail stores, cost $100,000 to build in 1925-1926, $22,500 of which was expended on the requisite Wurlitzer organ. It opened in 04/21/1926, on land previously occupied by the residence of David F. Decatur. In 1998, this small theatre was screening some alternative films.

Building Notes

Architect William Aitken produced a quiet, eclectic design for the Lincoln's front facade. It featured some ornate and variegated Jacobethan brickwork and parapet crenellations along with Romanesque windows. The auditorium had a comparable simplicity, with a simple arrangement of a main center bank of seats, flanked by narrow side aisles. The ceiling had a curving cove feature, while the walls displayed ornate stencil work of vague origin.


The blade sign on the exterior has been changed several times, and in 2007 was not present above the main entry. Following the acquisition of the The Lincoln by the Pickett Family in 1985, it was renovated in 1986-1987.

PCAD id: 8281