Columbia Theatre

500 Broadway Street,
Paducah, KY 42001

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Patsy on October 3, 2007 at 4:15 pm

What is the current restoration status on this theatre?

ChrisB on October 3, 2007 at 9:45 am

Sorry about that. The third link, P1030356, is the separate (segregated) entrance mentioned above. The only movie I saw there while on vacation in Paducah was “A Bridge Too Far”.

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on June 22, 2007 at 9:02 pm

Hey, ChrisB.

When posting comments with photos, just like to the images. We don’t really support people using image tags in comments… it causes too many problems.



Patsy on June 22, 2007 at 8:27 pm

If you click on “Current Photos, after looking at the original marquee you will see the present day marquee which just doesn’t compare to what was taken down and removed!

Patsy on June 22, 2007 at 8:22 pm

Under “Related Websites” are some wonderful photos of this theatre in years past along with the beautiful marquee of that era!

Patsy on June 22, 2007 at 8:20 pm

This theatre has quite an ornate facade.

Patsy on October 13, 2005 at 10:01 pm

Paducah! This theatre’s exterior facade is beautiful and the theatre needs to be restored as so much of it seems to be there though in need of some TLC! Which theatres had a pipe organ?

Patsy on October 13, 2005 at 9:56 pm

lostmemory: Great photo, but am sad to read that the theatre was “twinned” in the 80’s enclosing the balcony area.

heen on October 6, 2005 at 9:09 pm

Around 1980, the Columbia was “twinned” by enclosing the balcony (as mentioned before, it dated from the days of segregation). I recall seeing “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn” in the upstairs theater.

Patsy on November 25, 2004 at 1:05 am

Henry: THIS is an interesting question as I’ve quickly learned in my research of old movie theaters that many of the old movie houses do not have their pipe organs anymore. There is an organ website which you might enjoy as it also shows photos and history of the Carolina Theater in Charlotte NC where the organization is based. Go to My husband’s hometown theater was also called the Columbia, but it doesn’t seem to be included on the Cinema Treasures website. The hometown was Brookville PA.

orion on October 14, 2004 at 6:13 am

No the Columbia Does not has a pipe organ.

HenryBAldridge on August 17, 2004 at 7:47 pm

Does the Columbia Theater have a pipe organ?

BobMeza on June 16, 2004 at 7:05 pm

The Columbia, built in the years of discrimination, had a separate balcony for blacks when it was built.
They would enter on the left side of the theatre in an alley between buildings with stairs to the balcony.

carol on April 22, 2004 at 10:43 pm

Yes,you are correct these are two seperate theatres. However, for the purpose of the RFP’s we want to transfer the property as one unit. The arcade still has a retail arcade connected to the entrance and currently 3 spaces are occupied.The city of Paducah is the current owner and is accepting proposals on this property. Will probably transfer free of charge to the right developer. We are looking for someone to restore them. Carol