Shirley Theater

1813 Holman Avenue,
Covington, KY 41014

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Additional Info

Firms: F & Y Building Service

Functions: Church

Styles: Art Deco

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Shirley Theater

Located on the corner of Holman Avenue and Hawthorne Street. The Shirley Theater opened in 1925. It was remodeled in 1939 to the plans of architectural firm F & Y Building Service. The Shirley Theater was closed in 1951.

In May 1965 it became the Covington Baptist Temple but is recognizable as a former theater. Parts of the original doorways, ticket window and facade are still visible, but the marquee has been replaced by an awning.

It was sold in May 2019 to John Carroll Sr. for $123,000.00 which included the 2-bedroom ranch located in the rear of the lot. It is currently fire rated for no more than 200 people. The Shirley Theater is also listed as having a 60ft natural spring water well on the property.

Contributed by Bill Eichelberger

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

JohnMLauter on January 21, 2009 at 1:54 pm

………….and don’t call me Shirley!

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on January 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm

I’ve got pictures posted on Flickr, but I haven’t had a chance to link them here yet.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on January 21, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Thanks. I bought my Dad a book called “The Balcony Is Closed”. It’s a history of neighborhood movie theaters in Northern Kentucky written by Robert D. Webster and published by the Kenton County Historical Society. I peeked at the book when it came, then went out with my GPS this past Sunday for a mini-tour. Several of the theatres I’d passed many times over the years without even suspecting what was in their past.

dallasmovietheaters on August 19, 2016 at 7:57 am

F&Y Services architectural firm 1939 makeover shots in photos.

rivest266 on March 1, 2024 at 6:25 pm

Closed or halted its newspaper ads in 1951.

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