The Kentucky Theater’s Grand Reopening

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The outside of the 100 year old theater | Photo by The LEXtoday team

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Downtown’s beloved 100-year-old Kentucky Theatre is officially reopening this weekend with screenings of Peter Bogdanovich’s “Paper Moon” on both Friday evening + Sunday afternoon.


Lexingtonians have been anxiously awaiting the reopening of the city’s only independent theater since it closed during the pandemic two years ago.

But starting Fri., Jan. 28 at 7:15 p.m. — the wait is over.

Paper Moon” | 1973 | PG | A conman finds himself traveling with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter + the two form an unlikely partnership.


  • Fri., Jan. 28 at 7:15 p.m.
  • Sun., Jan. 30 at 3 p.m.
  • Mon., Jan. 31 at 7:15 p.m.

100 years of history

To celebrate both the reopening + its 100th birthday, the theater will be screening a classic film from each decade all the way through October. The icing on the cake is patrons will only pay the price of admission that they would’ve paid during that decade.
Pro tip: Saturday’s double-feature will only cost you .50¢.

The 1920s

For the remainder of January, the theater will be celebrating the roaring 20s — prohibition, flappers + bathtub gin. Prohibition era cocktails will be served and two films will be shown back-to-back — “Sherlock, Jr.” + “The Kid”

Sherlock, Jr.” | 1924 | 45-minutes | Not rated | A budding detective gets to put his skills to the test after he is framed for a robbery.

The Kid” | 1921 | 68-minutes | Charlie Chaplin stars in this film about friendship. A man cares for an abandoned child, but events put their relationship to the test.

Showtime for this celebratory double-feature is Sat., Jan 29 at 7:15 p.m. with tickets available to purchase at the box office.

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