214 E. Main Street,
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Kentucky Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Paramount-Publix, Schine Circuit Inc.
Firms: Joseph & Joseph
Styles: Adam, Italian Renaissance
News About This Theater
- Feb 5, 2014 — Kentucky Theatre to undergo major renovation
- Oct 1, 2012 — Lexington's Kentucky Theater celebrates 90th anniversary
- Jan 4, 2012 — Lee Overstreet, friendly face in Kentucky Theatre's box office, dies
- Mar 2, 2010 — Happy 45th, "The Sound Of Music"
- Jul 13, 2005 — The Kentucky Theatre Documentary
The Kentucky Theatre and its mighty Wurlitzer which was opened by organist H. Hayden Read, are an official Save America’s Treasures project which are owned by the city of Lexington.
Opened on October 4, 1922 with Norma Talmadge in “The Eternal Flame”, the interior of this 1,100-seat theatre is an Adamesque style delight. Following renovation & redecoration it reopened on August 19, 1933 with Charlie Ruggles in “Mama Loves Papa”. It was operated by the Phoenix Amusement Company. By 1941, it was operated by the Schine Circuit. The Kentucky Theatre now has a shared lobby and conjoined projection booth with the adjacent State Theatre, which is also a ‘Cinema Treasure’.
Damaged by fire in 1987 and restored in 1989, this ornate theatre still needs an infusion of cash and more renovations to bring it back to all of its original splendor. It was reopened in 1992
However, with their recent notice and restoration project well underway, the Kentucky Theatre will rise again!
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Recent comments (view all 17 comments)
YOu outta drive up there one day it was beautiful and the staff was glad to show off the theatre. I bought a nice local book about the theatre.
I think I will,Mike.
The theater celebrates its 90th anniversary: View article.
Is there an update on this theatre and its mighty Wurlitzer? Great 1930 photo with the blade marquee!
As always….thank you!!
Great clip….also mentioned the State Theatre in Lexington!
1933 Westinghouse Trade Show photo added, courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page. Original marquee.
Not sure where the 1,276-seat figure came from, but the Kentucky Theatre was an 1,100-seat theatre until it was remodeled in 1992 after the fire — when several rows of seats were removed in the front to make room for a larger stage.
They may be counting the seats in the former State Theatre (fka Downtown Cinema), which is now acting as a second screen to the Kentucky.
Grand opening ad October 1st, 1922 Kentucky Theatre opening Sun, Oct 1, 1922 – 25 · The Lexington Herald (Lexington, Kentucky) · Newspapers.com
and held a reopening on August 19th, 1933 Kentucky Theatre reopening Sat, Aug 19, 1933 – 6 · Lexington Leader (Lexington, Kentucky) · Newspapers.com