Ohio Theatre

655-657 S. Fourth Street,
Louisville, KY 40202

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Previously operated by: Settos Theaters

Architects: W.S. Arrasmith

Styles: Art Deco

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Christmas Eve 1968, photo credit Rick McCauley.

The Art Deco style Ohio Theatre opened during 1941. Seating was listed at 900. It was located next door to the larger Kentucky Theatre. The Ohio Theatre closed as a motion picture venue in 1965. The façade and marquee of the building are all that remain of this theatre today, along with its large “Ohio” vertical sign. Part of the storefront portion of the theatre building still exists, as well. Unfortunately, the remainder of the Ohio Theatre was demolished.

Contributed by Chuck

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

woody on May 18, 2006 at 1:07 am

looks like most of the building has been demolished and just part of the facade remains

cmhendler on October 16, 2006 at 4:56 pm

The only remaining part of this theater is the marquee and the vertical OHIO. The signs rest on a very small storefront, and the building is small enough to serve as an island for Louisville’s free downtown trolley service. The south side of the building has a trompe d'oeil marquee painted on it, hawking ‘Intolerance’ by D.W. Griffith, a native Louisvillian.

Broan on October 7, 2007 at 11:57 am

Recent photos of this theatre are HERE

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on November 11, 2010 at 9:10 am

Here is my picture from November 2010.

cath61 on October 29, 2014 at 9:08 pm

If anyone’s interested, the architect of the original building was W. S. Arrasmith, a Louisville architect who designed many Art Deco buildings, including 50+ Greyhound Bus Terminals. (a great book if you’re interested is The Streamlined Era Greyhound Terminal by Frank E. Wrenick). Thanks for the great info – always learn a lot on Cinema Treasures!

DavidZornig on May 5, 2015 at 6:49 pm

1972 photo added courtesy of David Gibson. Also mid `60’s photo courtesy of the Back In The Good Old Days Facebook page.

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