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Current and former residents sound off on the Kentucky Theater.

“If something cool was coming out and I knew it would never screen anywhere else in our neck of the woods, odds were good that the Kentucky would have it.” Carl Root, Tampa, Florida, teacher/student at University of South Florida

“[I]t was an excuse for my friends and I to dress crazily and go to Rocky Horror at midnight and then go to Tolly-Ho afterward. Those midnight showings were, like, the social occasion to be at as a teen.” Leah Dick, Pulaski, Virginia, studying Communications at Virginia Tech University

“It’s my preferred first stop for a quick getaway from work or for a romantic date night—it’s something about that grand theater hall that makes it feel like you’re out on the town.” Martin Mudd, Lexington, KY, teacher at Montessori High School

“I’ve often thought there are some things I would take drastic action to preserve in my community, if ever they were in trouble. I’ve imagined a couple things I would chain myself to in order to save them, channeling Julia Butterfly Hill. The UK Arboretum is one. The Kentucky Theater is another.  While a student at EKU I would drive to Lexington on the weekends to catch films unavailable anywhere else. The KY is community- from the lovely folks who greet you at the ticket booth to Fred always quick to smile and the counter staff who seem to actually enjoy working there. It is a place of music and art and activism.”  Lisa Conley, Sociology graduate student and instructor, University of Kentucky

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