Valley Theater

36 W. Main Street,
Taylorsville, KY 40071

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 4, 2016 at 8:06 pm

The March 6, 1948, issue of Boxoffice said that Morris Smith and Clark Bennett’s new Valley Theatre in Taylorsville, Kentucky, which was virtually completed, had been partially flooded by recent high waters, but the damage being slight the event was not expected to interfere with the contemplated opening date of the house.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on June 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

So, I’m watching an episode of American Pickers. It takes place somewhere in KY. I think it’s episode 22. The guy has a slot machine but I keep seeing a sign on the wall in his place that says Valley Theatre.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on June 11, 2013 at 5:13 am

Yeah, like Bonn Theater.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on October 27, 2012 at 11:11 am

Funny you should mention the plain facade. When I was photographing it, I was thinking that somewhere in Kentucky someone must have had a monopoly on that yellow brick for theaters. Seems like I see it an awful lot.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

A list of houses operated by AIA Theatres in the 1950 Theatre Catalog includes this: “VALLEY, Taylorsville, Ky. (1946).” A 1948 mention in Motion Picture Herald refers to it as the “…new Valley Theatre at Taylorsville….” The rather plain facade definitely looks like a 1940s design.

I’ve found two mentions of theaters at Taylorsville in The Moving Picture World from 1916: The January 15th issue notes that J. H. Johnson had purchased equipment for a 300-seat house to be opened at Taylorsville, and the September 30 issue says that J. H. Johnson was moving his theater in Taylorsville to the ground floor of the Cox Building and would rename it the Music Hall.