Russell Theatre

9 E. 3rd Street,
Maysville, KY 41056

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KenLayton on October 5, 2014 at 3:46 am

Any pictures of the projection booth?

KenLayton on October 3, 2014 at 4:23 am

The interior of this theater looks much like the interior of the 7th Street Theater in Hoquiam, Washington.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on June 20, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Check out the latest blog post on After the Final Curtain – The Russell Theatre!

Cimarron on February 8, 2014 at 6:34 am

Fantastic job on restoration! Auditorium looks to be very similar to that of the Midwest Theater Auditorium of Oklahoma City. Design must have been by same architect, John Eberson…If you get the chance, check out the Auditorium Photo’s of the Midwest…It was demolished in 70’s….Best of Luck on your Restoration!

Russell_Theatre on June 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm

We are working hard trying to raise money to restore the theatre. The auditorium is a big job. You can see more photos at: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on twitter:

Roloff on March 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Here’s a decent scan of a postcard from my collection, same as the cropped part above:
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CSWalczak on March 21, 2010 at 4:03 am

An article about the creation of a miniature model of this theater on display at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center in Maysville: View link

MPol on July 25, 2009 at 2:33 am

What a fantastic-looking theatre! It seems to have lots of potental. Hope the renovating/restoration process goes well for the Russell Theatre.

SchineHistorian on October 30, 2007 at 2:49 pm

Hey Lost Memory… can you drop me a line at ? I’ve got a question but don’t want to take up space here! Karen

SchineHistorian on July 23, 2007 at 1:50 am

Just had a wonderful chat with Donald Buckley who is very involved with the Rescue the Russell efforts. He told me that they are launching on a $3 million capital campaign and they have used a $250,000 state grant to re-do the lobby area. The auditorium still needs MUCH work to address water/moisture damage and it will be a huge undertaking to restore the original paint colors after a horrendous job by the Panther Corp who bought the theater from Schine.

Check out photos and ways to help this outstanding example of atmospheric architecture at

ERD on July 21, 2007 at 6:09 pm

A unique and charming little theatre. I hope it is restored soon

SchineHistorian on July 18, 2007 at 2:36 am

The rainbow is real?? Wow! I thought it was just an artful addition to the Curt Teich postcard. I don’t think i have ever seen an atmospheric with a rainbow. And to think this was a SCHINE theater too! How very special…. Thanks Hank : )

hanksykes on July 18, 2007 at 12:10 am

Rumor has it that atmospheric projected rainbow on the blue sky ceiling was projected between double feature films.

SchineHistorian on July 5, 2007 at 3:30 am

Does anyone know the current status of the Russell project? Can anyone suggest a person to contact for more information? The email address on the theater’s website is invalid. Thanks.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 6, 2005 at 8:44 pm

The Russell Theatre opened on 4th December 1930 with the movie “Whoopie” starring Eddie Cantor

mikesmith on March 29, 2005 at 6:33 pm

In 2001, Rescue the Russell received a Community Development Block Grant. Through this grant they were able to have hazardous materials removed, exit doors repaired, and old metal shed removed, and the marquee fully restored.

The architect for this work was KZF Design in Cincinnati, Ohio (513)621-6211.

Rescue the Russell continues to raise money for the next phase of restoration.

atmos on December 12, 2004 at 10:56 am

This is an excellent theatre which should be listed as atmospheric/moorish.