Strand Theatre

115 Water Street,
Horse Cave, KY 42749

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Functions: Housing, Office Space, Retail

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Constructed in 1923 as a Masonic Lodge, replacing the old hall on the second story of the building at the corner of E. Main Street and Water Street. The construction involved the demolition of the large Freeman and Webb livery stable, which is still shown on the January 1923 Sanborn.

The Strand Theatre was located on the ground floor, with the small second floor windows showing the location of the balcony and projection booth. The Freemasons occupied the third floor, and initiations apparently caused a lot of clomping around on the ceiling during films.

The Strand Theatre was closed in November 1957, which is when TV and drive-ins took too much business. The building is in excellent shape today, and the ground floor is retail/office space while apartments are above.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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SethG on June 7, 2022 at 1:29 pm

Should have a picture of this, but I skipped the entire block either by accident or because the morning sun was bad.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 9, 2022 at 1:50 am

The October 19, 1945 issue of Film Daily carried a notice saying “[a] new 1,000-seat house is going up in Horse Cave, Ky. It’s the project of Marion Caldwell, exhibitor who operates outlets in Cave City, Scottsville and Manford, Ky.” Was this project carried out? I’ve been unable to find any later mentions of it. Building materials were restricted for several years after the war, and a drive-in was built at Horse Cave in 1950, so maybe the promoters gave up on the indoor project and opted for a new-fangled outdoor theater instead.

The November 9, 1957 issue of Boxoffice said that the Strand Theatre at Horse Cave, Kentucky had been closed.

SethG on June 9, 2022 at 8:26 am

1,000 seats for such a small town, even with a lot of tourist traffic, seems pretty ridiculous. Maybe they came to their senses.

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