Kentucky Theatre

214 E. Main Street,
Lexington, KY 40507

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Circle25 on October 18, 2019 at 10:28 pm

Not sure where the 1,276-seat figure came from, but the Kentucky Theatre was an 1,100-seat theatre until it was remodeled in 1992 after the fire — when several rows of seats were removed in the front to make room for a larger stage.

They may be counting the seats in the former State Theatre (fka Downtown Cinema), which is now acting as a second screen to the Kentucky.

DavidZornig on July 5, 2015 at 7:43 pm

1933 Westinghouse Trade Show photo added, courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page. Original marquee.

Patsy on February 18, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Great clip….also mentioned the State Theatre in Lexington!

Patsy on February 18, 2014 at 9:12 pm

As always….thank you!!

Patsy on February 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Is there an update on this theatre and its mighty Wurlitzer? Great 1930 photo with the blade marquee!

CSWalczak on September 30, 2012 at 9:51 am

The theater celebrates its 90th anniversary: View article.

TLSLOEWS on March 15, 2010 at 11:30 pm

I think I will,Mike.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 15, 2010 at 11:12 pm

YOu outta drive up there one day it was beautiful and the staff was glad to show off the theatre. I bought a nice local book about the theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm

So the STATE theatre is now part of the KENTUCKY Theatre.

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Mike Rogers on March 15, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I was so lucky to be in Lexington on business and spotted the KENTUCKY THEATRE,i was given a first class tour and bought a history book on the theatre on sale at the concession.I think next door there was another theatre being cleaned up to reopen,I wonder if any Kentucky folks know what i am writing about.Can’t remember that theatre’s name.

Patsy on September 18, 2009 at 6:57 pm

What is the restoration status of this Lexington cinema treasure that has or had a Wurlitzer organ?

williame303 on October 18, 2004 at 9:31 pm

I recently attended an event at the adjacent State Theatre. They let us peek into the Kentucky, which is much larger than the state. It has been restored beautifully.

My Lexington friend told me that there was some controversy when the theatre was restored. As the Kentucky never had a balcony, Blacks were not allowed in the theatre at all for the first three decades of its operation. Its restoration was viewed as a reminder of the “bad old days” by some members of the community.