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Palace Theatre

2004 Photo from the Norman Plant collection
625 S Fourth St
Louisville KY 40202
(502) 583-4555

Visit Website Live Theatre National Register 1978
Record #7352  
 Opened: 1928
Capacity: 2800 seats
Architect(s): John Eberson
Architectural Style(s): Atmospheric
National Register: 1978
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Loews, United Artists, United Artists Penthouse, State

Erected in 1928, the Loews Theatre was the first John Eberson atmospheric theatre in the region. The theatre formally opened on September 1, 1928, with the feature "Excess Baggage."

When the Marcus Loew Booking Agency entered into the 25-year lease agreement with the Theatre Realty Corporation for the Loews Theatre, the agency specified seating to be a minimum of 3,000 and a maximum cost of $750,000. Local newspaper accounts report the constructin cost anywhere from $1.1 million to $2.5 million. In May of 1948, the Theatre Realty Corp. sold the property to the Louisville Operating Company for $1.25 million.

In 1953, a new wider screen was installed, and in 1954 the sign was changed from Loews to United Artists. In 1963, the balcony was closed off and remodeled as a second floor theatre, called the "Penthouse Theatre" at a cost of approximately $250,000. The Wurlitzer organ was restored in 1964. The theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places in March 1978.

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May 2010 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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2004 photos from the Norman Plant collection.

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February 2001 photos from the Darren Snow collection.

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Photos from the Gary Falk collection.

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Photos from the Paul Snow collection.

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Last featured 6/16/2005. Last edited 4/18/2010.

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