Marianne Theatre

607 Fairfield Avenue,
Bellevue, KY 41073

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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!

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

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?

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

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.

meheuck on November 28, 2009 at 10:22 pm

They’re still trying to reopen:

View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 23, 2009 at 6:56 pm

This is a nice shot of the Marianne Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 19, 2008 at 9:37 am

I think that Marianne still looks good. I hope that she opens again soon.

Patsy on May 19, 2008 at 9:34 am

Lost: Quite the art deco facade!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 19, 2008 at 8:55 am

This is another photo of the Marianne Theater.

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.

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!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 10, 2006 at 3:43 pm

Here is a 2006 photo of the closed Marianne Theater.

Patsy on January 14, 2005 at 4:28 pm

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 1:56 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 12:22 pm

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

Patsy on January 14, 2005 at 10:35 am

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 10:33 am

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!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 14, 2005 at 9:31 am

In my opinion, the Marianne was a very nice looking theater. There are 2002 photos of the Marianne theater here:

Patsy on January 14, 2005 at 9:20 am

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 9:18 am

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 9:16 am

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! :–((

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 13, 2005 at 6:22 pm

From a 2002 Kentucky Post interview with Jack Eck………

“Jack Eck bought the Marianne theater in 1995. Eck kept it going five years before various problems prompted him to shut it down.

The Marianne, built in 1941 in Art Deco-inspired style, was named for the original owner’s daughter, says Eck. The Marianne was the center of Bellevue’s nightlife for two decades before television and big suburban theater complexes began taking patrons away from neighborhood theaters.

I made a lot of mistakes, he admits. My prices were too cheap ($1 on weekdays, $1.50 on weekends) and people came to socialize rather than watch a movie. was too accommodating with kids and they sort of got out of control. I had mostly younger people and they ran off most of the adults. I’m going to be strict on kids the next time around. And, I’m probably going to charge $2 a person.

Eck says he plans to refurbish the theatre with new seats, a new screen, a better projector and upgraded heating and cooling.

He says he isn’t sure when he will have the theater ready to reopen, but says he’s getting plenty of encouragement to revive the Marianne as soon as possible. Almost every day I run into someone who urges me to reopen it, he says. A lot of people have fond memories of the Marianne.

The Marianne has a lot of sentimental value, says Eck. I hope it still has a future".

Patsy on January 13, 2005 at 6:05 pm

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