Grand Theatre

Theatrical / Kentucky

The Grand Theatre, located on St. Clair Street in downtown Frankfort, Kentucky, opened in 1911, closed in 1966, and reopened in 2016.


The 135-seat Grand Theatre opened in 1911 as a vaudeville house. 3 It was wired for “talkies” in the late 1920s, and in 1940, the building was expanded with 600 additional seats. The Grand Theatre closed in 1966. 3 4 5

The former theater was purchased for $385,000 by Save The Grand Theatre Inc., a non-profit corporation, in January 2005. 1 5 The Grand reopened on May 27, 2006, which was followed with
“A Grand Awakening,” a week-long celebration that featured an open house, an artists’ reception, a free concert on the Old State Capitol Lawn, and movies. In its first year of operation, the theater showed 15 classic movies, hosted 13 concerts, and was part of eight major events. 2

Through the next two years, $7 million in funds were secured from the Commonwealth and the county, and restoration began on the Grand began on January 2, 2008. 1 The building reopened in mid-2009 as a 414-seat multi-purpose visual and performing arts center.


Sources

  1. “About Us.” Save The Grand, Inc. 2008. 18 May 2008 Article.
  2. “Our Spectacular Season 2006.” Save The Grand, Inc. 2008. 18 May 2008 Listing.
  3. “Grand Theatre.” Cinema Treasures 2008. 18 May 2008 Article.
  4. “Open house, movies part of push to save old theater.” Herald-Leader (Lexington) 27 May 2005, 14.
  5. Cheves, John. “Olive Oyl flusters Popeye again in Frankfort’s Grand.” Herald-Leader (Lexington) 29 May 2005, C1.