Legion Theatre

211 S. 7th Street,
Mayfield, KY 42066

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Previously operated by: Malco Theatres Inc.

Functions: Fraternal Hall

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Legion Theatre

The Legion Theatre was housed in the American Legion Post 26 building and was opened as a movie theatre on November 21, 1931 with Owen Moore in “Extravagance”. The theatre portion seats 1,033. It was operated by Malco Theatres until December 1957 when the lease was not renewed. Fo a while it had occasional use for special events until 1959. A theatre this size became unprofitable. The building was still active with the AL Post 26.

Overnight on December 10, 2021 the building received damage from a tornado which destroyed the roof of the theatre and partially demolished the stage house.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm

The NRHP registration form for the Mayfield Downtown Commercial District says that the Legion Theatre was built in 1930. The lower level contained meeting rooms, the second level had a basketball court with audience gallery, and the theater, which had a balcony, was on the top level. The theater was converted into a bowling alley in the 1960s.

American Legion Post 26 has a Restoration Committee that has a web site. There is a photo gallery, but I couldn’t get it to work with any of my browsers.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 12, 2021 at 3:47 am

The Legion Theatre appears in some of the video footage showing damage caused by the tornado that struck Mayfield late Friday. The roof and top of the stage tower have been destroyed. The building can be briefly seen about 19 seconds in on this video, at the upper left.

50sSNIPES on December 12, 2021 at 8:53 pm

Yep, it received damage from the record-breaking 227 mile continuous path tornado, which was actually part of a Tornado Emergency.

DavidZornig on December 16, 2021 at 9:00 am

News piece with the “End Credits” photo by Shawn Triplett.


50sSNIPES on January 23, 2024 at 3:38 pm

The Legion Theatre opened its doors on November 21, 1931 with “Extravagance” along with a short comedy “Aunts In Pants” and an unnamed cartoon. It was first managed by Ned Greene.

The Legion closed as a movie house in December 1957 but retained as a special events theater until 1959, and the marquee was removed in November 1961.

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