Louisville Palace Theatre

625 S. Fourth Street,
Louisville, KY 40202

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United Artists / Penthouse Theatre exterior

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One of the greatest of John Eberson’s theatres and considered to be “the finest Theatre in the South” when opened on September 1, 1928, as the Loew’s United Artists Theatre. The original seating capacity was for 3,273. From around 1950, it had been renamed Loew’s Palace Theatre.

Now operating as the Louisville Palace Theatre since 1994. Seating capacity is today 2,800. The Palace Theatre offers a wide variety of contemporary entertainment and Broadway touring productions as well as the local Symphony Orchestra’s Pops series.

This theatre has had four renovations, all prior to 1974: in 1953, a new wide screen was installed; in late-1954, it was bought and renamed United Artists Theatre; in 1963, the balcony was blocked off and a second floor screen was installed and renamed the Penthouse Theatre (since returned to a single auditorium). In 1964, the Wurlitzer organ was renovated.

Contributed by Jack Van Leer, Bob Marx

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kencmcintyre on November 28, 2008 at 3:40 pm

The Palace can be seen at the top of the page in this 1944 photo from Life Magazine:

Patsy on August 4, 2009 at 10:26 am

Can anyone tell us if the Palace in downtown Louisville sustained any damage? The downtown area was hit hard so I hope the Palace escaped serious damage.

Patsy on August 4, 2009 at 10:31 am

Lost: The 2009 photo of the marquee is awesome! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that “our” Palace there is okay despite the heavy rains though I’m sure the basement area is susceptible.

Patsy on August 6, 2009 at 8:08 am

Chuck: Thanks for your input and keep us posted!

Patsy on August 6, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Chuck: Thanks so much for posting the Louisville Palace reply. Please tell the Palace staff that Cinema Treasures and its members were thinking of them when Louisville was in the news.

Patsy on October 13, 2009 at 1:32 pm

A huge atmospheric Eberson theatre with over 3,000 seats! I hope to see this atmospheric next summer with friends who live in nearby Lexington.

TLSLOEWS on November 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Very cool, will have to drive up to see it soon.

ERD on November 5, 2009 at 5:11 pm

How lucky we are to still have this beautiful edifice to enjoy.
The Louisville Palace theatre is absolutely magnificent.

CSWalczak on May 16, 2010 at 11:35 pm

According to this blog entry: View link the Cinerama screen that was installed in the Rialto Theatre which was once across the street was moved to this theater with the intent of using it there to screen D-150 films.

However, this may not be accurate if the the information on Roland Lataille’s Cinerama site concerning the Louisville Palace is accurate. The information there indicates that after Cinerama runs, a flat screen was installed at the Rialto, and then a D-150 screen. If a screen was moved from the Rialto to the Palace, it may have been this D-150 screen.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on November 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Here are my pictures from November 2010, including a short video of the marquee.

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