National Theatre

500 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard,
Louisville, KY 40202

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Previously operated by: Keith-Albee, Y. & W. Management Corp.

Architects: Alfred Joseph, Oscar Joseph, Albert Kahn

Firms: Joseph & Joseph

Styles: Beaux-Arts, Neo-Classical

Previous Names: B.F. Keith Theatre

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National Theatre

Opened at Fifth Street and Walnut Street in 1913, this 2,800-seat showplace originally was a vaudeville house but later began to show movies as well. The National Theatre was operated by Y & W Management Corp. by 1950. It lasted until 1952, when it was unfortunately bulldozed away for a parking lot.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 27, 2006 at 10:07 am

Now re-named W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

PaulWolter on May 4, 2007 at 6:15 pm

I’m looking for a Rapp and Rapp designed theatre in Louisville that was under construction in 1915. I have the following article from the Rockford Morning Star for Sunday, February 31, 1915 which states the following in an article heralding the opening of the Palace Theatre in Rockford, Illinois: (note the end)

“…Messrs. George and C. L. Rapp have specialized in theater designing and among their latest masterpieces at the New Oprheum in Champaign, the Orpheum in Quincy, the Columbia in Davenport, Ia., the New Palace in Fort Wayne, Ind., the Hippodrome in Chicago, the Ringling Theatre in Baraboo, Wis., and the Palace in Rockford. They also have theaters under construction in Louisville, Ky. and Grand Rapids, Mich.”

nonsportsnut on October 6, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I’m a Three Stooges Fan Club member, trying to confirm a personal appearance by the “3” Stooges (Moe Larry and Shemp), on a bill with Wee Bonnie Baker, the Barretts and Don Hooton, after an appearance by the A.B. Marcus Revue. The movie “Queen of Burlesque” was also shown. I have a display ad, but no dates (or town shown). Believe it was the Summer of 1946, and may have been Shemp’s first appearance after Curly’s strokes. The National was advertised as air cooled and showed a phone number of JA-7863.
Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks Frank Reighter

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm

According to the records of the New York Terra Cotta Company, the National Theatre was designed by the architectural firm of Joseph & Joseph, with Albert Kahn associated. Joseph & Joseph, founded in 1908, is still in business.

gill on March 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm

A 1928 photo of the National Theatre appears on the website’s Theatre page. Here’s a link to the page.

RKLT on May 30, 2013 at 7:54 am

National Theatre in Melbourne, Australia (built 1921 as The Victory)still stands and is remarkably similar. Website

hondo on August 19, 2020 at 5:36 am

I believe my Dad saw Billy Eckstine and Connie Boswell perform here in early 1945 during his basic training at Fort Knox.

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