Marianne Theatre

607 Fairfield Avenue,
Bellevue, KY 41073

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Marianne Theatre

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A beautiful Art Deco style theatre that opened in 1942, seating 542. The front facade is Art Deco style at its best. In the middle it curves in and is lined with blue tiles and in the center a column of red comes down from the roof to the top of the marquee. Two cream colored columns line the sides of the concave. On each side of the concave the front is a flat surface with orange toned brick fron the top to about two feet from the botton and then is finished in a red polished brcik. In the middle of each side there is a window in glass blocks that has neon that lights at night. The theatre has a free standing box office with a set of wooden doors on each side. The doors each have a half moon glass in them. Small mosiac tiles line the walls around the entrance doors and the box office. They are black with red and green tiles running lines in the black to set it off.

The lobby is very much the same decor as the front of the theatre with the same color schemes. The walls are painted the same colors as the front facade and the terrazzo floors are in large squares to match the walls. The auditorium carries on the same Art Deco style pattern, with color lines and circles painted down the side walls. There is neon lighting aling the corners of the ceilings that shine down on the colorful patterns on the walls. The Marianne Theatre has a small stage and the curtains that cover the screen are of a burnt orange color. The is truly a beautiful theatre of the Art Deco era.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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SilkySoap
SilkySoap on June 26, 2006 at 5:13 pm

She’s coming back, folks! Her marquee has just been refurbished, including neon and lights. Future has yet to be determined as far as what will be found inside. Lights were turned on for a test last week. Almost caused traffic problems, so I’ve heard. Mr. Eck still owns The Marianne. There’s been a general renaissance on Fairfield Ave. during the past two years with quaint shops and eateries springing up in old buildings. This is just most recent step.
Watch this space!

SilkySoap
SilkySoap on June 26, 2006 at 5:27 pm

Just saw Patsy’s inquiry re: location. Bellevue is an old river town directly across the Ohio River from Downtown Cincinnati, OH. A 5 minute drive across the bridge. The I-471 bridge’s first exit into Kentucky brings you out on Rt. 8. Turn right and about 8 blocks further you are looking at the theatre in the middle of the block, on your lefthand side. Can’t miss her.

PS: The Esquire is in a Cincinnati neighborhood called Clifton. Near UC and hospital center. Less than 10 minute drive from Bellevue.

Patsy
Patsy on May 19, 2008 at 9:34 am

Lost: Quite the art deco facade!

meheuck
meheuck on November 28, 2009 at 10:22 pm

They’re still trying to reopen:

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2009 at 1:23 am

The original owner of the Marianne Theatre was Pete Smith. In the January 24, 1942, issue of Boxoffice he reported that his new theater in Bellevue would be ready by March 1. Smith was also operator of the Sylvia Theatre in Bellevue.

glacbrat
glacbrat on May 18, 2010 at 11:54 am

I would be interested in purchasing the Marianne theater. If anyone knows if this is a possibility please let me know. Thank you

joetuck33
joetuck33 on August 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Does anyone know if there is still plans to revive the Marianne in place? I live near by and have not seen any change since the marquee lit up about 4 years ago. Also does anyone know if Mr. Eck still owns the Marianne? and if so does anyone know how to contact him?

eric_Herbert
eric_Herbert on October 12, 2013 at 1:10 am

Mr Eck Has a laundromat on 11 steet and one on park Ave
In Newport Last I heard He did still Own the Theater

John Whitley
John Whitley on November 15, 2013 at 11:54 pm

If you only knew how many Disney films I saw here as a child!

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