Vogue Theater

3727 Lexington Road,
Louisville, KY 40206

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Vogue Theater

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The 800-seat Vogue Theater opened on December 22, 1939. It closed in September 1998, after nearly sixty years as a movie house.

Remembered by many for its 24-year run of the “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, the Vogue Theater was the last single screen, privately-owned theater in Louisville. The Vogue Theater, which specialized in independent, foreign and art house film, was the only theater of its kind in the city.

After bleeding money for several years, the theater was finally shuttered, despite the support of it devotees who now visit the theater only in their memories.

Contributed by Alan G. Brake

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BeltwayBrian
BeltwayBrian on June 22, 2005 at 8:24 am

Sigh….One day I hope to do “The Time Warp” again…So many midnight movies…The Wall…Heavy Metal…The Song Remains the Same…A Clockwork Orange…and that one about Transexual Transylvanians. First place I ever saw 2001. Romeo & Juliet. A Lion in Winter (or was it A Man for all Seasons?). I remember picking up the Vogue calendar (at Eherler’s Ice Cream Parlor, no less) and hanging it on my bedroom wall. I wish I still had a few of those…

jstoutvi
jstoutvi on December 23, 2005 at 6:46 am

Here’s a blast from the past! I was assistant manager of the Vogue Theater around 1948, 1949 and/or 1950. If I remember correctly, the manager at the time was named Ira Allen. I actually met my first wife (now deceased) in the theater. I have many other memories of the Vogue (some amusing) if anyone is interested. My address is

JRColvin
JRColvin on February 16, 2007 at 7:04 pm

I enjoyed the Vogue many times during its last eight years of operation, but my memories are soured by that last year or so… Management’s brilliant decision to compete against a new arthouse multiplex by showing only that mediocre “The Full Monty” movie for seven months straight, and by refusing to dismiss an employee who didn’t know how to make change (sometimes he gave me several dollars less than I was owed, but once in a while he gave me several dollars more than I was owed — never the correct amount!) Now the arthouse multiplex is mostly mainstream, and we have to drive to Lexington, Indianapolis, or even nearby small town Columbus, Indiana to see some of the movies that would be playing to big crowds if the Vogue were still here…

moviejs
moviejs on June 5, 2007 at 6:18 am

I attended a special screening of the original “King Kong” at the Vogue some years ago. The evening was hosted by the “Wonderfest” happening at a nearby hotel, and featured famed special effects expert Ray Harryhausen as the opening speaker! I still have the special ticket for the evening somewhere along with a videotape I shot of Mr. Harryhausen’s speech. The Vogue was a delightful place to watch a classic movie – I’ll always remember that evening!

WHITEFIELD
WHITEFIELD on July 30, 2007 at 5:29 pm

Here is a night photo.
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RickB
RickB on April 25, 2009 at 9:21 am

Theater has been redeveloped as retail space; looks like they kept the facade and the neon. Here is a daytime photo.

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