Paducah Cinemas I & II

3168 Park Avenue,
Paducah, KY 42001

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Paducah’s first twin cinema the Paducah Cinemas I & II was opened on March 26, 1971 with Martin Balsam in “Tora!, Tora!, Tora!” and Burt Lancaster in “Airport”. It was an upstairs-downstairs twin with a spiral staircase leading to the small upstairs Penthouse Theatre.

It is now a car dealership.

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John Simmers
John Simmers on May 26, 2012 at 4:22 am

Attended this theater many times in the year we lived in Paducah, 1974-75. The upstairs theater was very small as I remember it, perhaps only a couple hundred seats. The main auditorium was very large with a big screen. However, I don’t think they had 70mm capability or stereophonic sound, which I found unusual for a modern theater that large. We saw a reissue of “2001: A Space Odyssey” there, and while impressive on their big screen, it was definitely not 70mm and the sound was in mono. The manager was a guy named Ron Ruggles, a real showman. I was a DJ on a local radio station (WKYX) and we often did promotions with the cinema.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 20, 2018 at 4:13 pm

This opened on March 27th, 1971 by Transcontinental Theatres and taken over by AMC in 1978. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

Paduach cinemas openingPaduach cinemas opening Fri, Mar 26, 1971 – 18 · The Paducah Sun (Paducah, Kentucky) · Newspapers.com

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