214 E. Main Street,
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Kentucky Theatre (Official)
Firms: Joseph & Joseph
News About This Theater
- Feb 5, 2014 — Kentucky Theatre to undergo major renovation
- Oct 1, 2012 — Lexington's Kentucky Theater celebrates 90th anniversary
- Jan 5, 2012 — Lee Overstreet, friendly face in Kentucky Theatre's box office, dies
- Mar 2, 2010 — Happy 45th, "The Sound Of Music"
- Jul 13, 2005 — The Kentucky Theatre Documentary
The Kentucky Theatre and its mighty Wurlitzer which was opened by organist H. Hayden Read, are an official Save America’s Treasures project which are owned by the city of Lexington.
Opened on October 4, 1922 with Norma Talmadge in “The Eternal Flame”, the interior of this 1,100-seat theatre is an Adamesque style delight. Following renovation & redecoration it reopened on August 19, 1933 with Charlie Ruggles in “Mama Loves Papa”. It was operated by the Phoenix Amusement Company. By 1941, it was operated by the Schine Circuit. The Kentucky Theatre now has a shared lobby and conjoined projection booth with the adjacent State Theatre, which is also a ‘Cinema Treasure’.
Damaged by fire in 1987 and restored in 1989, this ornate theatre still needs an infusion of cash and more renovations to bring it back to all of its original splendor. It was reopened in 1992.
However, with their recent notice and restoration project well underway, the Kentucky Theatre will rise again!
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