Blue Grass Theatre

404 West Main Street,
Lexington, KY 40507

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The Blue Grass Theatre operated from around 1907 to 1913.

Contributed by Ridgewood Ken

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 25, 2017 at 5:52 pm

According to the Notable African Americans Database at the University of Kentucky (about halfway down this web page), the Blue Grass Theatre, opened in 1907, was in 1910 renamed the Gem Theatre by the new operators, John Clark and Chester Brady, two African American businessmen formerly of Cincinnati.

The original Gem closed sometime in 1913, and the name was moved to the former Lincoln Theatre at 415 W. Main Street. It operated at that location until 1916. The theater at 404 was converted to offices for an insurance company by 1914. The second Gem was no longer listed in the 1916-1917 city directory.

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