Louisville Palace Theatre

625 S. Fourth Street,
Louisville, KY 40202

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rivest266 on October 18, 2015 at 11:17 am

April 12th, 1963 opening as Penthouse in photo section.

Listed as: As of: * September 28th, 1928 Loew’s State * 1930 Loew’s and United Artists * 1931 Loew’s * 1956 Loew’s and United Artists * 1958 United Artists

rivest266 on October 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm

August 26th, 1928 pre opening ad in photo section.

Patsy on May 6, 2015 at 10:08 am

Still haven’t seen this Eberson though hope to after the renovations!

DavidZornig on May 5, 2015 at 7:25 pm

December 1996 photo added as the Penthouse, advertising Christmas Eve reopening with “No Way Back”. Photo credit Rick McCauley.

pnelson on May 5, 2015 at 7:11 pm

The UA 150 theatre in Seattle that was built in the 60’s had a very large curved screen. Sadly this great place was torn down a few years ago. Star Wars premiered there for Seattle and placed for months. D150 was almost as wonderful as Cinerama in my opinion. Wish it still existed.

DavidZornig on May 5, 2015 at 6:58 pm

1974 photo with United Artists marquee added, courtesy of Rick McCauley.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on November 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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

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.

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.

TLSLOEWS on November 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm

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

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 August 6, 2009 at 8:08 am

Chuck: Thanks for your input and keep us posted!

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 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.

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 May 5, 2008 at 7:53 am

Great photo! Must go see this one during Derby week and Thunder Over Louisville which is the annual fireworks show by Zambelli out of New Castle PA that same weekend!

atmos on November 6, 2007 at 6:38 am

If anyone is interested in some excellent color photos of this theatre which you can purchase prints of at reasonable prices,check this out – www.sniperphotography.com/keyword/palace+theater

Broan on October 7, 2007 at 11:09 pm

Recent photos of this theatre are HERE

clzoeller on May 14, 2007 at 5:08 pm

Johnny D. You can contact me at I’d be glad to answer any questions I can.

BeltwayBrian on April 26, 2007 at 9:51 am

Johnny D…I was associated with the Palace for about 5 or 6 years and may be able to answer your questions. Drop me a line at I also worked for a few years at the Old Seelbach Bar and can attest to the fact that Capone did indeed use the hotel and underground passages. There is a false wall in the Oakroom at the hotel which could be used to make a quick getaway (on the southwest corner of the private dining room if memory serves).

JohnnyDowns on April 26, 2007 at 8:52 am

I am trying to contact Charles Zoeller.I noticed you use to be a manager at the Palace. I am a current manager at the Palace.I have a few questions about this grand theatre that only a previous manager could answer.Looking forward to your reply.Thanks for your time.

Patsy on April 10, 2007 at 2:54 pm

Interesting Capone story and connection to this theatre via tunnels.

jjmaccrimmon on April 10, 2007 at 12:44 pm

This place brings back very fond memories. Having grown up in the Louisville area, as a teen I had the pleasure of seeing Heart play live on the Palace stage. This was during the 1980 to 1985 period when the venue was open but undergoing slow restorations. The ceiling in the auditorium was faded and chipped in some places, but the warmth and glow of the place overwhelmed any feeling of age.

What truly amazed me about this theater was the sound quality. The accoustics were so good that early in the opening set, Anne and Nancy Wilson of Heart actually had their sound crew turn off most of the speakers and amps for the show. Even with these shut down, it literally felt like the music was coming from all sides of me equally, clearly and with a richness that nearly 20 years later still resonates in my memories.

The show was only one of a few visits there; however, let me add to the view of it. To the left side of the main lobby, there is (or was depending on renonvations) an employee access that led to the backstage areas. It also accessed a narrow stairwell that led to storage rooms and dressing areas one and two floors below street level. Given Louisville’s history, they likely also offered access to the steam and delivery tunnels under the street of the City. It was said that during Prohibition, Al Capone would stay at the Seelbach Hotel (now Seelbach Hilton) and use the tunnels to avoid notice and take in a show or two while in Lousiville checking on his ‘business.’

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Life's Too Short on February 16, 2007 at 11:31 pm

This place has one of the best sky effects I have seen in a restored movie house. Usually it seems the sky is cut at some point to allow for modern lighting. At least from the pictures I have seen, the ceiling in this place has not been altered.