Seale Theatre

Mulberry Street,
Booneville, KY 41314

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The Seale Theatre was opened by Charles L. Seale on June 7, 1948. Though located on a main road in the center of Booneville, Kentucky, the former Seale Theatre appears to have been long abandoned since its closure in 1985 with Gary Busey in “Silver Bullet”. It was standing vacant by 2009.

Contributed by Bill Eichelberger

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Thanks Bill I have spotted quite a few old theatres in east Kentucky around the Cumberland Gap area.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on November 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I just stumbled onto this one, so I can imagine that more are out there. Did you get pictures or remember locations?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Middlesboro,Ky has a nice old Downtown theatre off the main Street.The Park.The Manring {fire brought it down} and Rosa Drive-in All on CT. Over the Mountain in Tazewell,Tenn is and old Drive-in{Tazewell Drive-in} on CT.Cumberland Gap,Tenn had a single screen.Some of the smaller towns in Virginia outside on Kentucky side there are a few old Theatres.Really,the best way,and I do it sometimes Is just get off the Interstate and take the backroads,but it is always rush.Hope you find some.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on December 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I stumbled onto a couple on my trip last weekend. The Ewing in Ewing, Virginia, and two drive-ins, the Lonesome Pine and Central, also in Virginia. I was in Middlesboro, but missed the Park. I was able to keep away from the interstates for all but the drive from home to Lexington and from Lexington to home. Pretty proud of myself. ;–)

TLSLOEWS on December 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

Thnaks Bill and Mike.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I was thinking about the EWING.It is on CT.Most of the ROSA Drive-in was standing last time i was in Middlesboro,but someone posted on the ROSA site on CT it is a Big Truck Stop.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on December 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I was passing by Ewing on 58 Alternate and noticed the rear of a large building that I thought may have been a theater. I doubled back and was wrong, but when I looked in the other direction, there was the Ewing. I didn’t know it existed because I hadn’t planned to be in Virginia (long story,) so I hadn’t researched it. And I was wrong about the Park. I did get pics of it on Saturday.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm

I am glad the PARK is still standing.It looked to be a community playhouse when I went by.If you go to the ROSA DRIVE-in in Middlesboro it will give you an idea where it was,sorta out by the Mall if i remember,in that direction.

DavidAndrews on July 14, 2020 at 9:45 am

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that on June 7,1948 Charles L Seale opened Booneville’s first theater.

DavidAndrews on July 14, 2020 at 10:50 am

A group of Owsley county citizens is seeking donations to restore the Seale (Booneville) theater. The theater closed in 1985 with “Silver Bullet”

Their website has pictures of the inside and outside.

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