Neon Theater

919 Highway 317,
Neon, KY 41840

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Neon Theater

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The former Neon Theater is now home to a video store as well as an army surplus store. An August 2007 photo can be seen below.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 27, 2009 at 7:16 am

A theater doesn’t get added to the database without going through the webmasters, so if they include the picture link as an official website they must approve of the practice.

There was a Neon Theatre at Neon, Kentucky, as far back as 1925, when it was listed in the July 11 issue of The Reel Journal. Later, there was a Bentley Theatre, the town’s only movie house, which was reported to have been recently destroyed by fire in the March 11, 1944, issue of Boxoffice. The Bentley might have been the first Neon Theatre renamed.

The Bentley was apparently rebuilt, as it was mentioned in a July 2, 1949, Boxoffice item which said that its operators, the Virginia Amusement Company, were building a second theater in Neon. The Bentley would show only westerns and second run movies when the new theater opened. Judging from the look of the building in the photos above, the new theater was probably the Neon.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 27, 2009 at 3:45 pm

You can add a photo link as a Related Website link. I did it a few times using vintage photos. Some links made it through the process and others didn’t. As for the photos being placed in a Photobucket account, unless you own the photo or have permission to place it into a Photobucket account, it is wrong. Most of those photos can be linked to without removing them from their source. Why would anyone need to place a Wikipedia photo or a photo from another website in their Photobucket when you can easily link right to the photo. It’s not only wrong, it’s really a stupid thing to do in my opinion. When other websites find their photos being copied they think twice about adding more photos to their website. That makes it more difficult for everyone to find photos. If I find the source for any of these photos, I will post that source. It might not prevent someone from taking other peoples property without permission, but it will allow the people on this website to know what the real source of the photo is.

For starters, the photo in the Related Websites link above comes from this site. It’s the last photo on the page.

kencmcintyre on July 27, 2009 at 3:52 pm

No, that wasn’t the site. Thst photo may be on a couple of different pages.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 27, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Really. On Jul 26, 2009 at 9:07pm you claimed that “I couldn’t tell you what the website is now”. Since the caption with that photo reads “An old movie theater as we passed through town”, I’ll assume for now that the photo belongs to that site and give them credit for it.

kencmcintyre on July 27, 2009 at 4:04 pm

You can give them credit, but you would be guessing. I think Francis of Assisi would have stuck in my mind. If guessing is OK, feel free.

TLSLOEWS on February 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Nice Neon in the NEON Marquee.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on November 28, 2010 at 2:31 am

From the looks of things “in person”, I’d say the Neon is doomed.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm

lonely looking theatre in a lonely town, nice shot.

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