Louisville Palace Theatre

625 S. 4th Street,
Louisville, KY 40202

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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc., Theatrical Managers Inc., United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson

Functions: Concerts, Live Performances, Movies (Classic)

Styles: Atmospheric, Spanish Baroque

Previous Names: Loew's and United Artists Theatre, United Artists Theatre, Loew's Palace Theatre, Penthouse

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 502.583.4555

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Louisville Palace Theatre

One of the greatest of John Eberson’s theatres and considered to be “the finest Theatre in the South” when opened on September 1, 1928, as the Loew’s and United Artists Theatre with William Haines in “Excess Baggage”. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer organ which was opened by organist H. Haden Read. The original seating capacity was for 3,273. From around 1950, it had been renamed Loew’s Palace Theatre.

Now operating as the Louisville Palace Theatre since 1994. Seating capacity is today 2,800. The Palace Theatre offers a wide variety of contemporary entertainment and Broadway touring productions as well as the local Symphony Orchestra’s Pops series.

This theatre has had four renovations, all prior to 1974: in 1953, a new wide screen was installed; in late-1954, it was bought and renamed United Artists Theatre; in 1963, the balcony was blocked off and a second floor screen was installed and renamed the Penthouse Theatre (since returned to a single auditorium). In 1964, the Wurlitzer organ was renovated.

Contributed by Jack Van Leer, Bob Marx

Recent comments (view all 72 comments)

DavidZornig on May 5, 2015 at 6:58 pm

1974 photo with United Artists marquee added, courtesy of Rick McCauley.

pnelson on May 5, 2015 at 7:11 pm

The UA 150 theatre in Seattle that was built in the 60’s had a very large curved screen. Sadly this great place was torn down a few years ago. Star Wars premiered there for Seattle and placed for months. D150 was almost as wonderful as Cinerama in my opinion. Wish it still existed.

DavidZornig on May 5, 2015 at 7:25 pm

December 1996 photo added as the Penthouse, advertising Christmas Eve reopening with “No Way Back”. Photo credit Rick McCauley.

Patsy on May 6, 2015 at 10:08 am

Still haven’t seen this Eberson though hope to after the renovations!

rivest266 on October 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm

August 26th, 1928 pre opening ad in photo section.

rivest266 on October 18, 2015 at 11:17 am

April 12th, 1963 opening as Penthouse in photo section.

Listed as: As of: * September 28th, 1928 Loew’s State * 1930 Loew’s and United Artists * 1931 Loew’s * 1956 Loew’s and United Artists * 1958 United Artists

Trolleyguy on July 17, 2016 at 6:23 pm

Functions should also include: Movies (classic)

Orlando on October 31, 2018 at 7:48 am

To Andy Callahan, Major Major,

Even though your post was from 8 years ago, it still put a smile on my face today!

MSC77 on December 30, 2021 at 3:56 pm

Here’s a new 4-page 50th anniversary FIDDLER ON THE ROOF retrospective featuring a roadshow playdate chronology and historian Q&A. The United Artists’ run is mentioned in the piece.

Patsy on December 30, 2021 at 6:16 pm

A beautiful theatre that I hope to visit in 2022.

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