Village Cinema

3615 Dixie Highway,
Erlanger, KY 41018

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Firms: F & Y Building Service

Previous Names: Gayety Theater

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Photo credit Northern Kentucky Views.

The Gayety Theater was opened in 1938 and operated through to 1950 with that name. On March 23, 1966 it was renamed Village Cinema and was one of two Northern Kentucky movie houses that showed $ movies, well into the 1980’s, which was great for cheap dates.

The Village Cinema stood empty for years after closing for a supposed ‘remodel’, but this never happened. It was occupied a few years ago by the Dusing Brothers Ice Company. For quite a while, life-sized cardboard cut-out of the Bartles & Jaymes guys stood in the window and probably caused many a double-take from passing motorists.

The Village Cinema was eventually razed.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre, Bill Eichelberger

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Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on January 21, 2009 at 1:00 am

It was also operated in the 1970’s and 80’s as The Village Cinema.

SwankyJohn on March 7, 2009 at 7:49 am

Lots of childhood memories at this local theater. They showed everything from 1st run movies like Blade Runner (which opened here locally) to revivals of My Fair Lady – even foreign films from time to time (perhaps dubbed, but nevertheless…). Not special architecturally but like so many local theaters, special because you could take a nice walk to it and after the movie have a cheese coney at the local chili place.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 4, 2015 at 4:20 pm

An ad for the F & Y Building Service in the October 27, 1938, issue of the Boone County Recorder (PDF here) said that Erlanger’s new Gayety Theatre was one of eleven movie houses the company had designed and built since December, 1937.

anamorphic on October 30, 2016 at 8:26 pm

This was just another theatre I filled in on as projectionists

DavidZornig on February 17, 2022 at 6:07 pm

The Google Street view comes up as Elsmere Kentucky, but the address is correct because the nearby buildings match up to the photo I just posted. Not sure where the dividing line is between Erlanger and Elsmere.

rivest266 on March 1, 2024 at 3:55 pm

Village grand opening ads posted.

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