Louisville Palace Theatre

625 S. Fourth Street,
Louisville, KY 40202

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JimRankin on January 10, 2005 at 8:17 pm

“Style” is not the same thing as “Type”; ‘Atmospheric’ is a type or class of theatre, as opposed to ‘Standard’ (or ‘Hard Top’), whereas ‘Style’ denotes the theme or period of the decor, and in this case appears to mainly Italinate, as in Italian Baroque, even though there is technically no such style. Italy did foster a number design stylings that did lead to a certain look, and that is what the term ‘style’ is all about. Perhaps the guys did not want to create yet another field to be filled and searchable, so limited the fields to ‘style.’ There is a reasonable limit to how many searchable fields a site can contain and still do its job within good time.

Patsy on January 10, 2005 at 1:30 pm

This theatre is clearly an atmospheric theatre, yet is listed as “unknown” after the word Style!

beetleruss on July 11, 2004 at 11:28 am

Having abandoned Moller rather late in the game, Loew’s generally bought Robert Mortons for its largest projects, but Wurlitzer also got a piece of the action, mostly in the form of 3/13s, the same organ newly favored by the Orpheum circuit. The State’s organ was revived in 1963 by James Wingate and friends, but the presence of a balcony theatre made its regular use somewhat problematic. Later removed to a Georgia pizza parlor, it has been broken up. The console now controls the organ in Manual High School, Indianapolis.

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JimRankin on April 8, 2004 at 8:12 am

The former STATE in Louisville is almost as much an ‘Andalusian bon bon’ as that other famous Spanish Atmospheric, the TAMPA (also by John Eberson) in Tampa, Florida, as so dubbed by that great profiler of movie palaces, the late Ben M. Hall as portrayed on page 97 of his landmark book: “The Best Remaining Seats, The Story of the Golden Age of the Movie Palace” in 1961. The book can be obtained through Inter-Library Loan at any library. The Theatre Historical Soc. of America has also produced a beautiful 34-page ANNUAL on the Louisville STATE/PALACE where there are dozens of b/w photos of the theatre in its prime and presently, including some unusual photos of its construction.
To obtain any available Back Issue of either “Marquee” or of its ANNUALS, simply go to the web site of the THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA at:
and notice on their first page the link “PUBLICATIONS: Back Issues List” and click on that and you will be taken to their listing where they also give ordering details. The “Marquee” magazine is 8-1/2x11 inches tall (‘portrait’) format, and the ANNUALS are also soft cover in the same size, but in the long (‘landscape’) format, and are anywhere from 26 to 40 pages. Should they indicate that a publication is Out Of Print, then it may still be possible to view it via Inter-Library Loan where you go to the librarian at any public or school library and ask them to locate which library has the item by using the Union List of Serials, and your library can then ask the other library to loan it to them for you to read or photocopy. [Photocopies of most THSA publications are available from University Microforms International (UMI), but their prices are exorbitant.]

Note: Most any photo in any of their publications may be had in large size by purchase; see their ARCHIVE link. You should realize that there was no color still photography in the 1920s, so few theatres were seen in color at that time except by means of hand tinted renderings or post cards, thus all the antique photos from the Society will be in black and white, but it is quite possible that the Society has later color images available; it is best to inquire of them.

Should you not be able to contact them via their web site, you may also contact their Executive Director via E-mail at:
Or you may reach them via phone or snail mail at:
Theatre Historical Soc. of America
152 N. York, 2nd Floor York Theatre Bldg.
Elmhurst, ILL. 60126-2806 (they are about 15 miles west of Chicago)

Phone: 630-782-1800 or via FAX at: 630-782-1802 (Monday through Friday, 9AM—4PM, CT)

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 6, 2004 at 3:40 pm

If every former movie palace is to be turned into a concert hall, Michael, it seems only fair that every concert hall should be turned into a cinema.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 23, 2004 at 1:29 pm

The theatre was jointly built by Loew’s Theatres and United Artists Theatre Circuit and was known as Loew’s United Artists. Loew’s State was another theatre entirely, a much smaller one with only 900 seats.

bobmarx on February 23, 2004 at 12:02 pm

The Loews closed in 1973 and remained closed until 1980. A group of investors purchased the theatre in late 1978 and got the theatre placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre opened as the Louisville Palace offering live concert performances and private events. In 1985 the theatre closed because of financial problems and remained closed until 1994 when reopened in Septembeer of that year. The Palace has operated continually since then and is now part of the Clear Channel Corporation’s theatrical division. The seating capacity is now 2800 and the theatre is undergoing continual work on amenities and improvements in patron comfort.

William on December 5, 2003 at 8:30 am

The Loew’s Theatre was also known as the State and it seated 3273 people.

wlhickman on June 14, 2001 at 7:58 am

I have been told that the Wurlitzer Organ has been sold…. could some one advised me if this is true