Star Theatre

426 Broadway,
Paducah, KY 42001

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Previous Names: Crystal Theatre

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The Crystal Theatre was opened on March 23, 1908. New operators took over in September 1908 and it was renamed Star Theatre. It was closed an remodeled on March 30, 1916, reopening on October 2, 1916. This was operated by Leo Keilor/Strand Amusements in the theatres' latter years and it closed in January 1923. It briefly reopened on May 24, 1924, but closed later in 1924. The three story building at this address looks old enough to have been around at the time the theatre was in operation.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

The Star Theatre is mentioned in the October 24, 1908 issue of The Billboard, along with the Kozy Theatre (also a movie house) and a vaudeville house called the Paducah Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 25, 2014 at 7:29 pm

The original Star Theatre was apparently replaced by a new house in 1916. The November 11, issue of The Moving Picture World had this story:

“PADUCAH. Ky. — Joe Desberger, of Desberger Brothers, operators of the New Star theater, is very much pleased with results obtained by the new house in the few weeks that it has been in operation. With a seating capacity of 470. and playing six days a week, the concern is making money, but, unlike conditions in most of the smaller cities in Kentucky, this house is getting fifteen to twenty-five cents for all of its good features, including Pickfords, Clarks, Youngs, Chaplins, Pearsons, Sweets, Baras, etc. No show is for less than ten cents, and by getting higher prices for the better shows the management has created a demand for high class features until to-day people are calling up and asking when a good feature is coming. In fact the higher priced films are the ones which are bringing attendence as well as shekels. While there is no real law against operating theaters in Paducah on Sunday, public sentiment has been so strong against it that the exhibitors have tactfully operated but six days for a year or two.”

dallasmovietheaters on December 6, 2018 at 8:54 am

This venue opened as the Crystal Theatre on March 23, 1908. Under new operators, the theatre became the Star Theatre in September of 1908. The theatre was closed March 30, 1916 for a major remodel and expansion. The new Star Theatre launched October 2, 1916 with “Fires of Conscience.” The theatre was dropped at the the end of January of 1923 though had some special screenings later that year. On May 24, 1924, the Star was reopened briefly closing for good in 1924. It was converted for other retail purposes in 1926.

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