Louisville Palace Theatre

625 S. Fourth Street,
Louisville, KY 40202

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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 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.

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.’

Life's Too Short
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.

JRColvin on February 16, 2007 at 6:50 pm

I love the Palace so much, but this breaks my heart: classic movies are still shown during summers, but in 2005 they started projecting them from consumer grade standard def DVDs rather than film. One exception: during the Hitchcock series in 2005, they had to show Lifeboat from VHS tape because the DVD hadn’t been released yet! Surely a low point for this beautiful cinema…

Patsy on December 12, 2006 at 4:10 am

This is a grand old atmospheric and one that I’d love to see, in person someday! Perhaps a good time would be during the Kentucky Derby.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on December 11, 2006 at 6:42 pm

Here is a colorful post card rendition of the Loews/United Artist theater on 4th Avenue in Louisville. Mickey Rooney in “Boys Town” appears to be the evening movie feature.
The Rialto is accross the street featuring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in “Carefree"

clzoeller on June 27, 2006 at 3:00 pm

I was assistant manager of the Louisville United Artist Theatre (now the Louisville Palace) from 1958 to 1967. The theatre’s 13 rank Wurlitzer Organ was not removed from the theatre until 1978. A local coal operator had purchased the theatre “to restore it” sold the organ to a pizza parlor in Atlanta. The organ was removed in the middle of the night to avoid criticism. He also auctioned the original furnishings and accessories of the theatre’s lobby and mezzanine. I was fortunate enough to purchase a bench and chair which I still own.

The theatre was originally named the Lowe’s and United Artists’ State Theatre when it opened on September 1, 1928. I have an original of the full-page newspaper ad for the opening that lists the contractors and suppliers for the theatre.

I was also assistant manager of Louisville Rialto Theatre during its last year, 1968.

Patsy on June 12, 2006 at 1:12 pm

Lost Memory: Great shot of the marquee, but too bad that it’s only lighted when there is a performance at the theatre. Someday I want to see this theatre and catch the Kentucky Derby while in “Lou-ville”. When I read “One of the greatest of John Eberson’s theatres and considered to be "the finest Theatre in the South” I knew that this theatre is a must see for any John Eberson theatre follwer/fan. Also recall that the great- grandson of John Eberson is a CT member which is great news for us Ebersonians!