Airway Theatre

1055 Bardstown Road,
Louisville, KY 40204

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Previously operated by: Fourth Avenue Amusement Co., Y. & W. Management Corp.

Architects: Dennis Xavier Murphy, James Cornelius Murphy

Firms: D.X. Murphy & Bro.

Functions: Restaurant

Previous Names: Baxter Theatre, Lincoln Theatre

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Airway Theatre

Opened in 1923 as the Baxter Theatre. By 1941 it was operated by Fourth Avenue Amusement Co. In April 1947 it became the Airway Theatre and was operated by Y & W. Management Corp. A neighborhood theatre that was showing double features in 1960 when I visited Louisville.

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Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

rivest266 on October 17, 2015 at 2:43 pm

April 28th, 1947 first ad in photo section. Did not spend much on its grand opening ad.

David_Schneider on September 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Was the building down the street currently occupied by ACS Computers LLC at 1120 Bardstown Road ever a movie theater? The sign above the door is shaped like a marquee. (Check it out using Google Street View.) I can’t find a listing on Cinema Treasures.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 20, 2017 at 12:52 pm

The Baxter Theatre dates to the early 1920s. The October 12, 1922, issue of Manufacturers Record had this item:

“Ky, – Louisville – Baxter Amusement Co.: $40,000 theater on Bardstown Rd.; 57x100 ft. fireproof; composition roof; concrete floors; metal doors; steel sash and trim; wire glass; ventilators; seating capacity 1000; D.X. Murphy & Bro., Archts., Louisville Trust Bldg.; J.F. Russell Contr., Marion E. Taylor Bldg.”
Architects Dennis Xavier Murphy and James Cornelius Murphy designed at least two other theaters in Louisville; the Buckingham Theatre, 223-227 West Jefferson Street, 1898-99 and 1911, and the Olympic Moving Picture Theatre, 326 East Market Street, 1911. The firm is best known for designing the iconic grandstand building at Churchill Downs race track. Their successor firm, Luckett & Farley, is still in existence.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on January 14, 2023 at 1:28 am

Currently a Korean BBQ joint.

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