STATEHOUSE (March 23, 2017) — State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) commemorated the 30th anniversary of Lincoln City’s Lincoln Amphitheater on the floor of the Indiana House of Representatives Thursday.
The outdoor venue is one of the largest roofed amphitheaters in the nation with a capacity of more than 1,500 guests. The amphitheater is located in the woods where Abraham Lincoln lived for 14 years and served as the home of the Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association (LBDA), which operated out of the amphitheater and presented the musical Young Abe Lincoln for more than 19 years.
“The Lincoln Amphitheater has been enjoyed in southern Indiana by tourists and locals alike for three decades,” Arnold said. “It has helped preserve and celebrate the spirit of one of our nation’s greatest presidents in the place where he grew up and it’s a pleasure to recognize the folks who have kept this wonderful attraction up and running.”
According to Arnold, local efforts to restore funding for Lincoln-based productions were successful in 2007, with the Indiana General Assembly approving $1.6 million in funds to restore and upgrade the theater for future productions, which include Abraham Lincoln plays.
Recently the theater has hosted many musical performances, including tribute bands for the Rolling Stones and The Beatles as well as national touring acts, like The Marshall Tucker Band and Eddie Money. The theater will host Lee Ann Womack and a Guns N’ Roses tribute band during the 2017 season along with the 30th Anniversary Special of Young Abe Lincoln.
The House of Representatives unanimously approved House Concurrent Resolution 43. Those present for the resolution were Marc Stezcyk from the Lincoln Amphitheater, Joe Compton, assistant property manager of Lincoln State Park, Beth Woods from the lieutenant governor’s office, and Mark Newman, executive director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development.
State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents House District 74, which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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