Hello Lincoln Theatre Members and Friends,
COVID-19 Update 7/29/20 - Pardon our numerous updates as the situation changes daily.
SKAGIT COUNTY IS IN PHASE TWO! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE LINCOLN? IT MEANS WE ARE THAT MUCH CLOSER TO PHASE 3 WHEN WE CAN REOPEN TO LIMITED CAPACITY!
Your health and safety are our top priorities when you visit the Lincoln. As we closely monitor the daily changes to the response of COVID-19 in Washington State, we will continue to keep you informed about what the Lincoln Theatre Center Foundation is doing to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and to prepare for a safe reopening. Although we will not be able to open until Phase Three of Washington's Phased Approach to reopening, after FIVE months of work from home, we are returning to the theatre to prepare for a safe reopening. Beginning Monday, July 6 we will open our Box Office from noon to 5:00pm Weekdays and Saturdays for a daily Popcorn Pop Up.
Staff is busy continuing the improvement projects we began over three months ago. We have been working with HKP Architects to design a better flow through our lobby, with our concessions moving to the adjacent space to the south where our box office currently occupies, and expanding our Women's Restroom. Box Office Tickets will be purchased from outside of the theatre, traditional to historic theater practices. Moving concessions out of the lobby will also create additional space to expand our Women's restroom, which can develop long lines at a sold-out show. With funding from the PPP loan our staff has been working hard on cleaning the Lincoln from top to bottom. Projects already completed include: Carpets cleaned; walls washed; all seat upholstery cleaned; draperies cleaned and hemmed; hardwood floor under and around seats cleaned, sanded, and stained, and stage floor painted.
Based on mandates from Governor Inslee, and recommendations from the Skagit County Health Department, and our concern for the Health and Safety of our patrons, staff, volunteers, and our community as a whole at this time we are cancelling or rescheduling all live events through the end of the year. Films will continue when we reach Phase 3. Latest changes include the rescheduling of the FULL DRAW FILM FESTIVAL to 2021, ENORMOUS: THE GORGE STORY to Septmeber 30, FINDING HOME to 2021. News on the rescheduling of MARTY STUART and the CHARLIE HUNTER/LUCY WOODWARD TRIO will follow as soon as confirmed and we are currently talking with MAGICAL STRINGS about making the annual CELTIC YULETIDE CONCERT a virtual event this year.. All tickets purchased for the original show dates will be honored for the new dates. SKAGIT THEATRE CAMP has been revamped to a free virtual camp this year. We are very sad to say that our 18th annual BREWFEST ON THE SKAGIT fundraiser has been cancelled but are looking forward to a reinvented BREWFEST AROUND THE SKAGIT at local breweries August 3 - 8. TRIVIA NIGHT has been rescheduled as a Virtual Event on September 11.
The Lincoln Theatre Center Foundation is facing a major financial loss as a result of COVID-19 related postponements and cancellations that could go on for months, and WE NEED YOUR HELP. Please think of your current situation and family first, but if you are able, please consider a tax-deductible gift to help support our mission through these challenging times. The CARES act provides new incentives for charitable giving. The law includes an above-the-line charitable deduction of up to $300 per taxpayer for Eligible Individuals that do Not Itemize. The above-the-line deduction will give nonprofit supporters who normally do not receive tax benefits, incentive to make gifts to their favorite causes this year. For itemizers: 100% of AGI Limit for Cash Contributions to Public and Private Charities! This provision is huge for charitable giving. This year, taxpayers may deduct gifts of cash regardless of whether given to a public charity or private foundation and deduct them up to their contribution base --100% of their adjusted gross income (AGI). Gifts of cash made to public charities are normally limited to 60% of AGI.
Please consider making a gift to help support our mission through these challenging times:
If you have tickets to upcoming shows, please keep them as they will be valid for rescheduled dates. For cancelled shows, our box office will reach out to ticket holders with options including theatre credit good for future performances and refunds.
- All performances of The Music Man (CANCELLED)
- Finding Home: A Foster Youth Story (RESCHEDULED for 2021)
- All upcoming broadcasts of The MET: Live in 2019/20 HD Season (CANCELLED)
- Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives April 15 (RESCHEDULED for 2021)
- Skagit Valley Drag Show - April 18 (RESCHEDULED for next spring)
- Día del Niño - April 25 (POSTPONED until next spring)
- Lincoln Theatre's 94th Anniversary Silent Film - April 25 (POSTPONED – New Date Pending)
- NT Live: Cyrano de Bergerac - April 26 (RESCHEDULED for September 13)
- Enormous: The Gorge Story - April 28 (RESCHEDULED for September 30)
- Full Draw Film Tour 2020 - April 29 (RESCHEDULED for 2021)
- Skagit Jazz Night Night - May 1 (RESCHEDULED for next spring)
- Good Lovelies - May 2 (RESCHEDULED for January 23 2020)
- NT Live: The Welkin - June 7 (CANCELLED)
- Dudestock 2020 - June 27 (NEW DATE PENDING )
- Skagit Theatre Camp - (RESCDHEDULED as a FREE VIRTUAL CAMP)
- BrewFest on the Skagit - August 8 (now Brewfest Around the Skagit August 3 - 8)
- The MET: Live in 2020/21 HD Season (The scheduled operas through 2020 will be recorded encores. The remaining 2021 broadcasts will conitnue as planned)
Please consider the following choices for rescheduled or canceled performances:
- Credit towards a future performance
- Credit towards a Lincoln Theatre Membership
- Credit towards a Tax-Deductible Donation
- A full refund
THANK YOU in advance for your patience as our staff works to confirm rescheduled shows and inform patrons. Please hold off on calling our box office through May 30 to give us time to contact patrons in show calendar order. Our box office staff are working remotely and answering emails/voicemails as soon as possible. The best way to reach us is via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are closing out all transactions for TAG's production of Music Man. We began Monday, March 16 via email and telephone and have processed over $21,000 in ticket purchases in the last 6 weeks. Thank you to all for your patience and understanding during this process and especailly to the patrons who donated over $2300 of their ticket purchases to Theater Arts Guild!
Our mission, being a community connected by culture, cannot happen in a vacuum. We're incredibly proud of the place the Lincoln Theatre Center Foundation holds within this community and our first priority will always be the health and safety of our staff, customers, artists, and volunteers.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the Lincoln.
Executive Director, Lincoln Theatre Center Foundation
Be Safe – Be Kind – Stay Positive!