Ada Meade Theatre

573 W. Main Street,
Lexington, KY 40507

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From what I found this was originally the Annex Theatre, opening in 1907. It was later the Hippodrome Theatre, and finally the Ada Meade Theatre. This was an African American Theatre. It operated until at least 1932. Any further information would be appreciated.

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speechcoach
speechcoach on March 1, 2015 at 12:30 am

The Lyric Theatre, which was restored and reopened in the last few years after being closed for decades, was the African American Theatre. The Ada Meade, which was considered one of the most beautiful theatres in Lexington, opened as a vaudeville house. It faced Main Street, located on the block between Mill Streets and Broadway. The University of Kentucky Special Collections has a photograph of the facade of the theatre.

speechcoach
speechcoach on March 1, 2015 at 12:33 am

The photograph on this page is several blocks away from where the theatre was located. The early cemetery for Lexington used to be on that site before the graves were moved. A large church is behind the buildings shown. There has been a church on that site since the early 1800’s.

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