Kentucky Theater

649-651 South Fourth Street,
Louisville, KY 40202

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The Kentucky Theater was built in 1921 by Joseph & Joseph, the same architects of the Kentucky Theater in Lexington. It was originally operated by the Modern Amusement Company, which also ran the Kentucky Theater in Lexington.

A 1940 remodeling increased seating from 780 to 1,100 by the addition of a balcony. The theater’s color scheme and decor was also changed at this time.

In 1984 it became home for a multimedia slide presentation promoting Kentucky tourism, but the show was short-lived and in 1986 the building closed. Ten years later the City of Louisville marked the abandoned building for demolition.

Local entrepreneur George Stinson bought the historic theater at auction to save it from the wrecking ball and in 1998 gave a no-cost lease to a band of volunteers who created a non-profit arts organization, called the Kentucky Theater Project, Inc. Since that time, organization founders worked with more than 200 volunteers to transform the Kentucky Theater into a vibrant community arts center that was due to bring new life to Fourth Street.

In 2008, the Kentucky Theatre was revamped into an upscale gourmet food mart, known as the Theater Square Marketplace.

Contributed by Brendan McKenna, Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

Broan on September 30, 2007 at 9:06 pm

Recent photos of this theatre are HERE

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 13, 2007 at 8:27 pm

A Louisville theater organ opus 528 size 2/6 was installed in the Kentucky Theater in 1927.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 25, 2008 at 10:48 am

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 21, 2009 at 11:11 am

This is another 1983 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 13, 2009 at 1:54 pm

This site has some modern and vintage photos.

Patsy on September 18, 2009 at 11:05 am

Since this theater is listed as a playhouse I wonder if films are shown on its stage? And thanks to George Stinson for saving this theatre from that wrecking ball.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on November 11, 2010 at 9:11 am

Here is my picture from November 2010. Someone had the bright idea to remove the marquee. Oh well, at least it’s being occupied by something.

TLSLOEWS on November 11, 2010 at 9:27 am

Thanks for the photo Andy.

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