Kentucky Theatre's main auditorium reopens; some renovations remain to be finished

rcopley@herald-leader.comApril 25, 2014 

The doors to the Kentucky Theatre's main auditorium are open again, even if the pardon-our-mess signs aren't completely down.

The main theater in the historic Main Street movie house closed in mid-February for major renovations, including installation of new seats and carpeting. (Its smaller State Theatre remained open.)

The reopened 805-seat auditorium welcomed its first moviegoers Friday afternoon.

Fans turning out this weekend to see The Railway Man, a new film about British prisoner of war Eric Lomax starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, will be the first to try the new seats, which longtime manager Fred Mills said are much more comfortable than the previous ones.

Mills also said patrons will notice a brighter auditorium and shinier chandeliers. Some renovations — including installing new carpeting, refurbishing some aisle lighting and restoring the marquee — haven't been completed.

Work is expected to be finished in the next few weeks. A gala reopening is scheduled for May 21.

Rich Copley: (859) 231-3217. Twitter: @copiousnotes.

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