Crescent Theater

Park Row,
Bowling Green, KY 42101

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm

No photos of this Crescent Theatre?

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on November 27, 2007 at 9:44 pm

From: Me
To: local Historian at the local museum.

I’m interested in the history of local cinema here in Bowling Green. In searching for the local paper article concerning the opening of the Martin Theatre in Bowling Green Mall, I came across a bank advertisement concerning the location of the Crescent Theatre as being on Park Row. I was talking to an 84 year old youngster who spent his life here in the area. He remembers The Princess, Capitol, and Diamond (later the State) but nothing else on the square. He called an equally young lady (92) and she remembered only those other three as well. The 1967 ad stated that the building that was the Crescent was currently occupied by the Consolated Loan Company. The gentleman gave me your name as a contact as he and his son had taken a ‘History of Bowling Green’ class taught by you a while ago. Do you know if the Cresent Theatre was on Park Row, or if not, where it might have been?

Her reply

Bowling Green’s early theatres —Diamond, Capitol (originally called the Columbia), & Princess— belonged to the Crescent Amusement Co that had its offices at 416 E. Main from about 1911-1960. All but the Diamond were on Main St. I checked the city directories 1911-1967 and found no theatres on Park Row and no theatre listed as the Crescent Theatre—which makes me wonder if the Capital/ Columbia, was sometimes referred to as the Crescent because of its ownership. The city directory lists Consolidated Loan at 410 Park Row.

Follow-up

I went to the square. Park Row is odd #’s only. At 411 there is an unassuming 2-story brick building housing some financial business. Across from it on the square at 410 E. Main ST is a 3-story white brick building sharing a wall with the Capitol.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on November 26, 2007 at 7:18 pm

In ‘67 the building that was the Crescent was supposedly occupied by the Consolated Loan Company.