Neon Theater

919 Highway 317,
Neon, KY 41840

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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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kencmcintyre on July 27, 2009 at 12:07 am

I couldn’t tell you what the website is now. Most likely if you google the theater and the city the page will come up.

kencmcintyre on July 27, 2009 at 12:12 am

I’ve done that quite a few times when there is a photo of the theater to go along with the new addition. The “related websites” criteria is not too demanding.

kencmcintyre on July 27, 2009 at 12:17 am

I don’t remember. That was last year, I think, if it was theater 23,000 and something.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 27, 2009 at 2:16 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.

kencmcintyre on July 27, 2009 at 10:52 am

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

kencmcintyre on July 27, 2009 at 11:04 am

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 4:26 pm

Nice Neon in the NEON Marquee.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on November 27, 2010 at 9:31 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm

lonely looking theatre in a lonely town, nice shot.

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