Masonic Theatre

11 Lincoln Square,
Hodgenville, KY 42748

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Functions: Fraternal Hall

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Masonic Theatre

Hodgenville’s Masonic Temple was constructed in 1922, replacing a little wooden hall that was located behind the church on the square, and shared space with the fire department and an implement dealer.

This much more glamorous and substantial structure was constructed in brick, and was a large two-story building. By at least 1926, movies were being shown here.

The status and seating capacity fluctuated, and the theatre seems to have been closed in 1931-32, before reopening the following year with 200 seats. It is then listed from 1934-36 with 400 seats, thereafter with 300.

It is likely that this was renamed Lincoln Theatre in 1940, and then Cardinal Theatre by 1950. It closed by 1957.

The building is today in decent shape, still used by the Masons. What appears to be a marquee covered in siding is still over the entry.

Thanks to Ken Roe for providing much of the date/name information!

Contributed by Seth Gaines
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