Marianne Theatre

607 Fairfield Avenue,
Bellevue, KY 41073

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anamorphic on October 31, 2016 at 3:23 am

This is one of many theatres I filled in at as projectionist when the regular operator wanted off, during the 1970’s.

cholt on September 14, 2015 at 6:47 pm

This will soon be a brewery. Nice article.

THolloway on February 26, 2015 at 2:03 pm

I worked there as a Manager in the 80’s when it was operated by Holiday Amusements. They played second run films. Very cool building with a Cry Room for parents with children who wanted to watch the movie without disturbing other patrons. I used it as an office when I worked there. I’d love to see it reopen but the cost of converting to digital equipment is staggering.

John Whitley
John Whitley on November 16, 2013 at 7:54 am

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

eric_Herbert on October 12, 2013 at 9:10 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

joetuck33 on August 11, 2010 at 2:15 am

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?

glacbrat on May 18, 2010 at 7:54 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2009 at 9:23 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.

meheuck on November 29, 2009 at 6:22 am

They’re still trying to reopen:

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Patsy on May 19, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Lost: Quite the art deco facade!

SilkySoap on June 27, 2006 at 1:27 am

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.

SilkySoap on June 27, 2006 at 1:13 am

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!

Patsy on January 15, 2005 at 12:28 am

I do see somewhat of a similarity, yet the Marianne is quite unique in the realm of art deco theatres as seen on page 115 of Popcorn Palaces as it shows the entire facade including above the lighted marquee. The same architect could have built both theatres though.

meheuck on January 14, 2005 at 9:56 pm

If you look at the font of the marquee name in the Marianne photo, it looks almost exactly like the font for the Esquire Theatre in Clifton, Ohio.

I wonder if the same architect or operator built both theatres?

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[Deleted] on January 14, 2005 at 8:22 pm

i went this movie house one time with mae west had good time

Patsy on January 14, 2005 at 6:35 pm

If you view the photos on cinematour, you’ll see one of the marquee with the words “Closed for Repair” and ironically the word ‘repair’ is in need of repair, too!

Patsy on January 14, 2005 at 6:33 pm

Charles: Your verbal description of Marianne is awesome and ‘on the money’ as I have before me the photo taken from Popcorn Palaces of the Marianne! As the owner, Jack Eck said “The Marianne has a lot of sentimental value. I hope it still has a future.” I wholeheartedly agree, Jack!

Patsy on January 14, 2005 at 5:20 pm

And I would highly urge anyone who wants to see this art deco theatre and many decos across this great land of ours to go to and order Popcorn Palaces! It’s a must for anyone who is a big art deco fan such as myself! ;–)

Patsy on January 14, 2005 at 5:18 pm

Where is Bellevue KY located in the Blue Grass State? If I lived nearby, I’d even volunteer to help restore it….food for thought to anyone who lives in or near Bellevue!

Patsy on January 14, 2005 at 5:16 pm

If anyone can get word to Mr. Eck about this site and the thoughts posted here about the Marianne, please do so as he should be encouraged in every way possible to reopen the Marianne! I’d even make a long distance trip to see a movie in that special art deco theatre….why not as my hometown theatre is forever gone! :–((

Patsy on January 14, 2005 at 2:05 am

In the Popcorn Palaces photo the movie playing was Days of Thunder so that tells us about when the movie was OPEN!

Patsy on January 14, 2005 at 2:02 am

“The front facade is art deco at its best.” This is very true as on page 97 of Popcorn Palaces is a painting that shows the facade as described above. What disturbs is the word CLOSED behind the word STATUS! Would love to know the architect who takes the credit for this art deco wonder in KY!