Virginia Cinema

218 E. Mt. Vernon Street,
Somerset, KY 42501

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miamiguy on July 5, 2007 at 9:25 pm

My aunt used to be the “ticket girl” at the Virginia Theater in Somerset. I don’t know what year she started working there (probably way before I was born), but from about 1955-59 my cousins and I saw every Randolph Scott movie that was ever made in this theater. I also remember seeing the Big E’s “Jailhouse Rock” when it first came out.

On Saturday’s the local radio station used to do a live “Man on the Street” broadcast from in front of the Virginia Theater.

This theater also had a small stage and I remember seeing at least one live show that came on between movies. Only happened once, though —it wasn’t a standard thing.

I remember my aunt saying that this theater was owned by a prominent local family, but I can’t recall the name.

There was another theater about three blocks away that I believe was called the “Kentucky Theater.” It had a black front facade that I now assume was Vitrolite.

And I also remember my uncle telling me that there was one more VERY old theater that was already gone (fire?) by the middle 1950’s that was behind the Kentucky Theater.

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