Cinema 3 Theatres

914 W. Dixie Avenue,
Elizabethtown, KY 42701

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50sSNIPES on September 15, 2023 at 12:32 pm

Update: It was tripled in 1982 following the closure of the State Theatre downtown, and in December 1983, the Cinema 3 was taken over by the Ford Theatres chain of Hardinsburg led by the husband-and-wife team of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Ford.

And correction: The Cinema 3 closed in 1989 (not 1998) following the opening of the 6-screen (not 7) Movie Palace Cinemas.

50sSNIPES on September 15, 2023 at 10:17 am

This started life as the “Cinema Theatre”, opening as a single-screener on January 25, 1974 with Robert Redford in “The Way We Were”, and was operated by the Elizabethtown Amusements Company under the leadership of Bob Enoch who also operated the State Theatre at the time. It was later renamed “Elizabethtown Cinema” by the end of the decade, retaining as a single-screener.

It was tripled a couple of years later (probably around the same time the State Theatre closed as a first-run movie house in 1982), but I don’t know any info about it yet. The Cinema 3 continued to operate until it closed at the same time the nearby Movie Palace Cinemas opened as a 7-screen theater in 1989.