The Louisville Palace

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The Louisville Palace
Front view of The Louisville Palace
Address625 S. 4th Street
Louisville, Kentucky
United States
OwnerLive Nation Entertainment
Current usemusic venue
OpenedSeptember 1, 1928
Loew's and United Artists State Theatre
The Louisville Palace is located in Kentucky
The Louisville Palace
The Louisville Palace is located in the United States
The Louisville Palace
Coordinates38°14′51.65″N 85°45′27.62″W / 38.2476806°N 85.7576722°W / 38.2476806; -85.7576722Coordinates: 38°14′51.65″N 85°45′27.62″W / 38.2476806°N 85.7576722°W / 38.2476806; -85.7576722
ArchitectEberson, John
Architectural styleOther
NRHP reference #78001361 [1]
Added to NRHPMarch 28, 1978

The Louisville Palace (also known as the Palace Theatre) is a music venue in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, located in the city's theater district, on the east side of Fourth Street, between Broadway and Chestnut Street. It has a seating capacity of 2,800 people and is owned by Live Nation. The historic landmark opened on September 1, 1928, and was designed by architect John Eberson.[2] It was originally known as the Loew's and United Artists State theatre.

The Palace exhibits a Spanish Baroque motif with arcades, balconies and turrets. Cobalt blue, bursts of red and gold indirectly light all of the niches, coves and entrances. Above is a curved, vaulted ceiling with 139 sculptures of the faces of historical figures. The theater room inside The Palace is heavily ornamented and displays an imitation nighttime sky on the ceiling.

The theater is two stories with a floor and a balcony. Both floors contain bars that run the width of the building behind the theater, separated by a grand lobby of intricate art and architecture.

Although the exterior had fallen behind the interior, the Palace was re-dedicated in 1994 and is now a premiere venue.[2]

Its uncommon appearance has made it a popular venue for musicians to record live performances (including Third Day & Alison Krauss). On June 2, 1983, British group A Flock Of Seagulls performed at the Palace and the show was recorded for broadcast by NBC's The Source. The theatre features an array of popular movies, old and new, as well as concerts by popular artists.

Kentucky musicians that have performed at the Palace include: Billy Ray Cyrus in 1993, the Backstreet Boys in 1998 (Brian and Kevin are from Lexington), My Morning Jacket (from Louisville) in 2005, Chris Stapleton in 2015, and Sturgill Simpson in 2016. Southern Indiana's John Mellencamp played there in 2011. Nashville's Kings of Leon played in 2009, and Paramore in 2015. Nashville bluegrass group Old Crow Medicine Show played there in 2008. Robert Plant performed with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss for 2 nights in 2008. Virginia's Dave Matthews played there in 1999. Frank Sinatra performed there in 1941, Ray Charles in 1959, and James Taylor in 1982.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "The Louisville Palace Theater". Live Nation Worldwide, Inc.

External links[edit]

Media related to The Louisville Palace at Wikimedia Commons