The Kentucky Theatre is the DLC Member of the Week!
The Kentucky Theatre is one of Lexington's most recognized landmarks. Since its opening in 1922, the Kentucky Theatre has provided Lexington with countless films and shows. From being the first to introduce the Warner Brothers' vitaphone sound films in Lexington, to surviving a fire in 1987, the Kentucky Theatre proves to be a crucial piece of Lexington history. This month The Kentucky Theatre will celebrate it's 95 anniversary. The Kentucky Theatre screens classic movies in addition to today's award-winning films. There is something for everyone at the Kentucky Theatre.
The Kentucky Theatre opened its doors in October of 1922 and was an instant hit in the Lexington community. The Kentucky Theatre is well known for showing the classics from Gone with the Wind to The Sound of Music, but over the years the Kentucky Theatre offerings have changed tremendously.
In 1979 the Kentucky Theatre began to move in a new direction as it began to experiment by showing multiple different films each week on a rotating basis. The Kentucky Theatre also introduced midnight shows in the 1980s. Both of these concepts are still used today. The ever popular Rocky Horror Picture Show began as a midnight show and today it is still one of Lexington's favorite annual events. The Kentucky Theatre rotates its offerings weekly, showing current films and documentaries in addition to classic films of the past.
After a fire next door to the theatre in 1987 that heavily damaged the building, the Kentucky Theatre renovated the auditorium and reopened its doors in April of 1992. Since the renovation, the Kentucky Theatre has continued to remain a fundamental piece of the Lexington community and its rich history. On April 22 the Kentucky Theater celebrated 95 years since its opening in 1922. Kentucky Theatre manager Fred Mills has been working there for 50 plus years and he hopes to be there as long as possible. Mills said that the goal of the Kentucky Theatre is to keep the theater going forever.
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