Ohio Theatre

655-657 S. Fourth Street,
Louisville, KY 40202

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Ohio Theatre

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The Art Deco style Ohio Theatre opened during 1941. Seating was listed at 900. It was located next door to the larger Kentucky Theatre. The Ohio Theatre closed as a motion picture venue in 1965.

The facade and marquee of the building are all that remain of this theatre today, along with its large “Ohio” vertical sign. Part of the storefront portion of the theater building still exists, as well. Unfortunately, the remainder of the Ohio Theatre was demolished.

Contributed by Chuck

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woody
woody on May 18, 2006 at 4:07 am

looks like most of the building has been demolished and just part of the facade remains

cmhendler
cmhendler on October 16, 2006 at 7:56 pm

The only remaining part of this theater is the marquee and the vertical OHIO. The signs rest on a very small storefront, and the building is small enough to serve as an island for Louisville’s free downtown trolley service. The south side of the building has a trompe d'oeil marquee painted on it, hawking ‘Intolerance’ by D.W. Griffith, a native Louisvillian.

Broan
Broan on October 7, 2007 at 2:57 pm

Recent photos of this theatre are HERE

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on November 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Here is my picture from November 2010.

cath61
cath61 on October 30, 2014 at 12:08 am

If anyone’s interested, the architect of the original building was W. S. Arrasmith, a Louisville architect who designed many Art Deco buildings, including 50+ Greyhound Bus Terminals. (a great book if you’re interested is The Streamlined Era Greyhound Terminal by Frank E. Wrenick). Thanks for the great info – always learn a lot on Cinema Treasures!

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