Mary Anderson Theatre

612 S. 4th Street,
Louisville, KY 40202

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Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz Corp., Mid-States Theaters Inc., Shubert Brothers Theater Company

Architects: William J. Dodd

Functions: Office Space

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Mary Anderson Theatre

The Mary Anderson Theatre was the oldest theatre on Louisville’s 4th Street. Originally opened April 1, 1907 as a vaudeville house, by 1909 movies were part of the program. After 1913 it screened movies only. By 1950 it was operated by Mis-States Theaters Inc. The theatre closed in 1972 and was converted into office space. The theatre was named for actress Mary Anderson who made her stage debut in this city.

Contributed by Charles Zoeller

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moviejs on June 5, 2007 at 8:31 am

I remember seeing “Cleopatra” in the upstairs “Penthouse” at the United Artists (now Palace) Theatre. What a theatre street 4th Street was back in the 60s!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 17, 2008 at 8:36 am

At any rate just remember that this theater was named after Mary Anderson, the stage actress from the Louisville area. Is the Mary Anderson Theater Building now called the Mary Anderson Office Building? If it’s not it seems like it should be! Pehaps a movement should be started for that to happen. Is a plaque on the building to commemorate the theater?

Anyone know what happened to that Mighty WurliTzer Theater Pipe Organ when it went to New York, New York? If you know anything about the organ, please email us!

“Gee Dad, it "WAS” a WurliTzer!"

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 21, 2012 at 5:15 am

A list of theaters in the Orpheum vaudeville circuit published in 1917 included the Mary Anderson Theatre, with the note that the house was also affiliated with the B.F. Keith circuit.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 21, 2012 at 5:30 am

A 1906 publication lists the Mary Anderson Theatre as being operated by the Shuberts, so it was probably a legitimate house at that time.

TivFan on February 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I have a postcard showing a theater on Fourth Street (north from Broadway). Matching the windows on this building and identifying the building on the corner of Chestnut Street (still existing), this is probably the Mary Anderson. This card only shows a partial view of the marquee, but there is a large sign that advertises B.F. KEITH’S VAUDEVILLE.

rivest266 on October 17, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Ad for the April 15th, 1949 reopening after renovations in photo section.

rivest266 on October 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm

June 25th, 1965 grand reopening ad in photo section.

dallasmovietheaters on January 17, 2016 at 6:56 am

Opened with an invitational show on April 1, 1907 in the Atherton Office Building, the 1906 architectural exterior drawing in photos. But then a period of delay found Peter Lee Atherton’s United States Amusement closed to work on contracts and opened to the public September 2, 1907.

trerock on January 12, 2017 at 10:23 pm

The Mary Anderson Theatre was converted back into a performance space at some point (I think in the late 1970s) and was used for shows by the Christian Workshop Theatre. I appeared in a CWT production of “West Side Story” there in 1982.

gcoley on November 12, 2017 at 9:13 pm

I too was in a play around 1978 at the Mary Anderson as part of the Christian Workshop Theatre. It was called “A Sleep of Prisoners”.

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