Towne Cinema

591 Main Street,
West Liberty, KY 41472

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Opening up Thanksgiving Eve in 1972, the historic Towne Cinema lies beneath Main Street; it’s underground! Owned and operated by Chris & Tammy Ball, the Towne Cinema showed the best that Hollywood has to offer as well hosting music concerts and special events like stand-up comedy. It was put out of business in March 2012 due to damage from a tornado. The owners are planning to rebuild the theatre in another location in town.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 4, 2010 at 9:28 pm


November 22, 1972 Lanny & Scottye Franklin
June 1 2009 Chris & Tammy Ball

What was the underground space before it was a theater?

Anyone have more info or photos?

JHJHJH on March 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

anyone know if the building suffered some damage from the tornado on Friday?

JHJHJH on March 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I think the building has been completely demolished by the tornado, is dramatic, but I have not clear

JHJHJH on March 8, 2012 at 10:34 am

being underground is perhaps the theater escaped the tornado damage, collected or someone can find something about it?

TowneCinema on March 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

JHJHJH, Towne Cinema suffered damage from the tornado; our 3 doors were ripped assunder and wind tore down one curtain, some sound fold and blew debris all over the seats in the auditorium. Rain and melted snow seeped down from the above office through our ceiling and caused many drop ceiling tiles to get wet and heavy and fall down throughout the whole building. You can view pictures on our facebook page (just search for Towne Cinema). We are currently looking to reopen and build in another location.

JHJHJH on March 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

there is a chance to arrange and reopen the same building?

TowneCinema on September 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

JHJHJH, we don’t have plans to rebuild in the same spot. There is not enough room for the planned three screens, there was constant flooding from a natural spring in the concrete flooring and around some of the seats, and it wasn’t handicap accessible. Right now we are having a very hard time raising the funds to rebuild…

TowneCinema on October 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm

For those that come across this historic theater, if you want to help us rebuild, here is our official donation page: . We appreciate any and all donations, big or small…..

TowneCinema on October 20, 2014 at 4:16 pm

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