Ludlow Theatre

322 Elm Street,
Ludlow, KY 41016

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Additional Info

Firms: F & Y Building Service

Functions: Bar

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Ludlow Show, Ludlow Cinema

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Ludlow Theatre

The Ludlow Theatre opened January 4, 1947 with Vivian Blaine in “If I’m Lucky”. On July 2, 1969 it was renamed Ludlow Cinema when it switched to screening adult movies. The building still retains the original facade and is obviously a former theatre. After closing it housed an auto repair shop named Mach III Clutch, Inc. In 2015 it was converted into a bar with a circus theme and live acts.

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Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

trohan on January 1, 2010 at 12:10 am

James M and Janet A Rohan owned and operated the Ludlow Show as it was called then. I think that they owned the theater from the late 1970’s to the mid 1980’s. At the time the theater was open Friday Saturday and Sunday’s only. All seats were $1.00. The theater had 725 seats in the first floor with a private 16mm 35 seat theater on the second floor.

hanksykes on February 15, 2015 at 11:19 am

Former Ludlow Theatre will become Bircus Brewing Company in 2015 ,it’s to have a circus theme and include acts, plus beer within the building .

dallasmovietheaters on January 11, 2017 at 1:34 am

Lou Wiethe and Harry Hilling opened their Ludlow Theatreon Jan. 4. 1947. Architectural sketch in photos.

JenniWiethe on March 5, 2022 at 11:01 am

Visiting Grandpa’s old theater. Sitting at Bircus bar thinking about how he must have loved seeing all of this go up. Love that it’s become something fun.

rivest266 on March 1, 2024 at 4:04 pm

Reopened as the Ludlow Cinema on July 2nd, 1969 and switched to an adult policy on January 15th, 1970. 1969 ad posted.

meheuck on May 4, 2024 at 12:06 am

At one time the Ludlow had a 4-channel quadrophonic magnetic stereo capability, which was later transplanted to the Cinema West theatre in Hamilton in 1975.

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