Uptown Theatre

1502 Bardstown Road,
Louisville, KY 40205

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Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on March 12, 2010 at 1:38 pm


“It remained in storage until acquired for the Strand project in 2004.”

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on March 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm

From Strand Newsletter 3/12/10

“The Strand Theatre Pipe Organ, endowed by the Shelby County Historical Society, has taken another step closer to rebuilding. The Strand’s organ was manufactured by the Louisville Pipe Organ Company (LPO) in 1928. It was one of a handful of instruments the firm made specifically for theatre use.

Our organ (Strand Theatre, Shelbyville, IN), Opus 531, was built in Terre Haute Indiana after LPO moved from Louisville. It was originally built for the Sipe Theatre in Kokomo, Indiana. The theatre never took the instrument, so it was installed in the Uptown Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. This organ was removed from the theatre and installed in a church in Tell City Indiana. In 1977 it was removed from the church and placed in storage."


Scottoro on July 21, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Though the Uptown was a second run theatre by the 1960s, for some strange reason Planet of the Apes opened here on an exclusive first run engagement in 1968.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 6, 2008 at 8:13 pm

This is a circa 1929 photo of the Uptown Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 14, 2007 at 8:13 pm

A Louisville theater organ opus 531 was installed in the Uptown Theater in 1928. Note: Originally planned for Sipe Theater in Kokomo, Indiana.

kamiel on October 6, 2007 at 6:39 am

I uploaded a picture of the theater from the 1970s, if anyone is interested:

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Since it’s public domain, it can be added here if someone knows how.

FilmWolf on May 2, 2007 at 10:39 am

That’s correct, kamiel, with the last being The Vogue in St.Matthews (itself now sadly gutted and converted to retail space.)…

kamiel on April 17, 2007 at 11:50 pm

What I think was the lobby is now a Qdoba restaurant’s dining room. Ticket window is still sort of there. I think this was the 2nd to last single-screen neighborhood theater in Louisville when it closed.

FilmWolf on April 9, 2007 at 3:42 pm

Many thanks for the info about the Schuster Building, “Lost Memory”. A few other points that I wanted to make in my initial entry about The Uptown was that it was probably the last theatre in Louisville to still be using carbon-arc projectors (it converted briefly to xenon lamps prior to its closing). Also, the marquee that hung over the front sidewalk since its opening in 1928 was destroyed by the tornado that struck the city on April 3, 1974. The restored Schuster Building currently has a pseudo marquee of similar dimensions hanging in its place.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 4, 2007 at 10:04 pm

The building that the Uptown Theater was located in, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Schuster Building (added 1980 – Building – #80001618)
1500-1512 Bardstown Rd., Louisville
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Nevin,Wischmeyer & Morgan
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Area of Significance: Architecture, Commerce
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade
Historic Sub-function: Professional, Specialty Store
Current Function: Commerce/Trade
Current Sub-function: Professional, Specialty Store