Aspley Theatre

111 Water Street,
Horse Cave, KY 42749

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Aspley Theatre

This theatre appears on the 1923 Sanborn. It was in the northern storefront of a structure that appears to be a 1917 remodel of two older structures. The northern building appears on the 1916 map as a stove and tin shop.

The Aspley Theatre was opened by 1928 and was owned by Judge Joseph Aspley, the father of Bruce Aspley, who operated several theatres in Glasgow. It had closed by 1930.

As a theatre, this portion of the building had a recessed ground floor entry. No later maps are available, but the ground floor was remodeled sometime around 1950-60. For many years this was a book store, but it now appears to be a restaurant.

Strangely, the maps show that the northern building was deeper than the southern half, but the reverse is now true. It appears that some of the rear of the theatre was removed.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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SethG on June 7, 2022 at 12:50 pm

I added a map view. Screwed up on my visit here and missed this entire block. The livery stable is the location of the Strand, which began construction sometime in 1923.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 7, 2022 at 4:34 pm

I wonder if this might have been a reverse theater, with the screen at the entrance end and the projection booth at the back? The booth being in an addition that was later removed would account for the variation in the building’s length over time.

SethG on June 7, 2022 at 4:53 pm

I suppose it’s possible, but the building was the same size before it became a theater. It’s more likely that the construction and expansion of neighboring buildings meant the end had to be shortened to allow entry into the small lot behind the buildings.

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