Village Cinema

3615 Dixie Highway,
Erlanger, KY 41018

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The Gayety Theater was opened in 1938 and operated through to 1950 with that name. It was later renamed Village Cinema and was one of two Northern Kentucky movie houses that showed $ movies, well into the 1980’s, which was great for cheap dates.

The Village Cinema stood empty for years after closing for a supposed ‘remodel’, but this never happened. It was occupied a few years ago by the Dusing Brothers Ice Company. For quite a while, life-sized cardboard cut-out of the Bartles & Jaymes guys stood in the window and probably caused many a double-take from passing motorists.

The Village Cinema was eventually razed.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre, Bill Eichelberger

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 20, 2007 at 9:32 am

I found two brief mentions of a Gayety Theater in Erlanger.

“Gayety Theater opened in 1938 and was the most modern theater in Northern Kentucky”.

“Gayety Theater is now a parking lot”.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on January 21, 2009 at 3:00 am

It was also operated in the 1970’s and 80’s as The Village Cinema.

SwankyJohn
SwankyJohn on March 7, 2009 at 9:49 am

Lots of childhood memories at this local theater. They showed everything from 1st run movies like Blade Runner (which opened here locally) to revivals of My Fair Lady – even foreign films from time to time (perhaps dubbed, but nevertheless…). Not special architecturally but like so many local theaters, special because you could take a nice walk to it and after the movie have a cheese coney at the local chili place.

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