Marianne Theatre

607 Fairfield Avenue,
Bellevue, KY 41073

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Firms: F & Y Building Service

Styles: Art Deco

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Marianne Theatre

A beautiful Art Deco style theatre that opened in 1942, seating 542. The front facade is Art Deco style at its best. In the middle it curves in and is lined with blue tiles and in the center a column of red comes down from the roof to the top of the marquee. Two cream colored columns line the sides of the concave. On each side of the concave the front is a flat surface with orange toned brick fron the top to about two feet from the botton and then is finished in a red polished brcik. In the middle of each side there is a window in glass blocks that has neon that lights at night. The theatre has a free standing box office with a set of wooden doors on each side. The doors each have a half moon glass in them. Small mosiac tiles line the walls around the entrance doors and the box office. They are black with red and green tiles running lines in the black to set it off.

The lobby is very much the same decor as the front of the theatre with the same color schemes. The walls are painted the same colors as the front facade and the terrazzo floors are in large squares to match the walls. The auditorium carries on the same Art Deco style pattern, with color lines and circles painted down the side walls. There is neon lighting aling the corners of the ceilings that shine down on the colorful patterns on the walls. The Marianne Theatre has a small stage and the curtains that cover the screen are of a burnt orange color. The is truly a beautiful theatre of the Art Deco era.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

meheuck on November 29, 2009 at 6:22 am

They’re still trying to reopen:

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2009 at 9:23 am

The original owner of the Marianne Theatre was Pete Smith. In the January 24, 1942, issue of Boxoffice he reported that his new theater in Bellevue would be ready by March 1. Smith was also operator of the Sylvia Theatre in Bellevue.

glacbrat on May 18, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I would be interested in purchasing the Marianne theater. If anyone knows if this is a possibility please let me know. Thank you

joetuck33 on August 11, 2010 at 2:15 am

Does anyone know if there is still plans to revive the Marianne in place? I live near by and have not seen any change since the marquee lit up about 4 years ago. Also does anyone know if Mr. Eck still owns the Marianne? and if so does anyone know how to contact him?

eric_Herbert on October 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

Mr Eck Has a laundromat on 11 steet and one on park Ave
In Newport Last I heard He did still Own the Theater

John Whitley
John Whitley on November 16, 2013 at 7:54 am

If you only knew how many Disney films I saw here as a child!

THolloway on February 26, 2015 at 2:03 pm

I worked there as a Manager in the 80’s when it was operated by Holiday Amusements. They played second run films. Very cool building with a Cry Room for parents with children who wanted to watch the movie without disturbing other patrons. I used it as an office when I worked there. I’d love to see it reopen but the cost of converting to digital equipment is staggering.

cholt on September 14, 2015 at 6:47 pm

This will soon be a brewery. Nice article.

anamorphic on October 31, 2016 at 3:23 am

This is one of many theatres I filled in at as projectionist when the regular operator wanted off, during the 1970’s.

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