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Supplement to “Movie Memories”

The League of Historic American Theaters,, is an international nonprofit organization of people who appreciate the cultural and aesthetic heritage of historic theaters and work to rehabilitate them.

Cinema Treasures,, a Web site started in 2000 by filmmaker Patrick Crowley and film historian Ross Melnick, is devoted to saving movie palaces around the country. It includes a state-by-state directory of historic movie houses.

Glasgow Plaza Theatre,

Hopkinsville’s Alhambra Theatre,

Louisville Palace Theatre,, reopened as a performing arts center in 1994 and is nationally recognized for its historic preservation efforts.

Bowling Green’s Capitol Arts Center,, made the conversion from movie house to performing arts center more than 20 years ago.

Elizabethtown’s State Theater,, is in the midst of renovations. The exterior is complete and supporters have opened a gallery and black box theater next to the old auditorium, says Brad Mertens, a member of the Historic State Theater board. They hope to reopen the theater as a performing arts center and movie theater within two years, according to Dana Beth Lyddan, the theater’s director.

To read the Kentucky Living July 2005 feature that goes along with this supplement, click here: Movie Memories

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