Imp Theatre

2nd Street,
Pikeville, KY 41501

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1920 photo courtesy John Hayes.

In operation by 1920. Imp was short for Imperial, but “The Imp Theatre” is what appeared on the marquee. It had closed by 1926.

Contributed by David Zornig

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 12, 2020 at 6:53 pm

The Big Sandy News of May 23, 1913 said that the new Imp Theatre in Pikeville had opened the previous night with a free show for the public. The policy of the house would be motion pictures with vaudeville.

It’s likely that the Imp Theatre was never rebuilt after it was leveled by a fire which was reported in the Louisville Courier-Journal of January 19, 1921. The article said that the theater was not insured. Other sources indicate that the owners of the Imp, the Saad Brothers, also owned the Royal Theatre in Pikeville.

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