Neon Theater

919 Highway 317,
Neon, KY 41840

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DavidZornig on August 1, 2022 at 9:36 pm

The below 8/01/22 news report footage begins with the former Neon Theatre at :05 in the video. Based on a more accurate street view search, the address is 911 Highway 317, currently home to Busy B’s Country Gift Shop, which previously was next door at 909 Highway 317, now home to Ingnite Church pictured in the video. Though Busy B’s still uses the 909 address next door.

50sSNIPES on August 1, 2022 at 9:25 pm

The fire occurred on February 29, 1944, which not just destroyed two buildings but it also killed a man.

robboehm on August 1, 2022 at 9:09 pm

I’ve come upon a source that indicates that Neon had three theatres over the years. From the comment above there was a Neon in 1925. I came upon an ad for a Bentley in 1938. Perhaps the Neon had been renamed as an earlier comment suggests. My source said the Bentley, which often played westerns, was destroyed by fire in 1944. Also confirmed by an earlier comment.

Then a new theatre was built. My contention is it was called the Neon because I have come upon a headline in The Mountain Eagle from February 1947 which indicates that there was a disastrous fire that wiped out an entire block which contained the Neon Theatre. The Neon which appears in the images above is, therefore, the final one which opened approximately in 1949.

50sSNIPES on August 1, 2022 at 7:02 pm

I just saw this not too long ago that the Neon Theatre was flooded, and was damaged by the historic Eastern Kentucky flooding that occurred a few days ago.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm

lonely looking theatre in a lonely town, nice shot.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on November 27, 2010 at 9:31 pm

From the looks of things “in person”, I’d say the Neon is doomed.

TLSLOEWS on February 25, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Nice Neon in the NEON Marquee.

kencmcintyre on July 27, 2009 at 11:04 am

You can give them credit, but you would be guessing. I think Francis of Assisi would have stuck in my mind. If guessing is OK, feel free.

kencmcintyre on July 27, 2009 at 10:52 am

No, that wasn’t the site. Thst photo may be on a couple of different pages.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 27, 2009 at 2:16 am

A theater doesn’t get added to the database without going through the webmasters, so if they include the picture link as an official website they must approve of the practice.

There was a Neon Theatre at Neon, Kentucky, as far back as 1925, when it was listed in the July 11 issue of The Reel Journal. Later, there was a Bentley Theatre, the town’s only movie house, which was reported to have been recently destroyed by fire in the March 11, 1944, issue of Boxoffice. The Bentley might have been the first Neon Theatre renamed.

The Bentley was apparently rebuilt, as it was mentioned in a July 2, 1949, Boxoffice item which said that its operators, the Virginia Amusement Company, were building a second theater in Neon. The Bentley would show only westerns and second run movies when the new theater opened. Judging from the look of the building in the photos above, the new theater was probably the Neon.

kencmcintyre on July 27, 2009 at 12:17 am

I don’t remember. That was last year, I think, if it was theater 23,000 and something.

kencmcintyre on July 27, 2009 at 12:12 am

I’ve done that quite a few times when there is a photo of the theater to go along with the new addition. The “related websites” criteria is not too demanding.

kencmcintyre on July 27, 2009 at 12:07 am

I couldn’t tell you what the website is now. Most likely if you google the theater and the city the page will come up.

kencmcintyre on July 26, 2009 at 11:43 pm

No, the related sites photo was from a website. It would have been larger if I took it off Google.