The Friends of The Kentucky Theatre invites you to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Kentucky Theatre’s re-opening at a fundraiser inspired by the Oscar-winning film, Cinema Paradiso.
This spring, The Kentucky Theatre celebrates the 25th anniversary of its reopening after a fire forced the theatre to close for five years.
On Wednesday, May 17th, to kick off the popular summer classics film series, the Friends of The Kentucky Theatre will host a fundraiser inspired by the 1989 Academy-Award-winning Italian film, Cinema Paradiso.
This classic film parallels, in many ways, the story of The Kentucky Theatre, reminding us of the important role a beloved movie theatre can play in the cultural life of a community.
ABOUT THE FILM
Set in Sicily, Cinema Paradiso is the heartwarming story of a young boy’s lifelong love affair with the movies. Salvatore is enchanted by the flickering images at the Cinema Paradiso. When the projectionist, Alfredo, takes him under his wing, a deep friendship is born. As a young man, Salvatore leaves the village to pursue his dream of making movies. Thirty years later, he receives a message that calls him back home to discover a poignant gift.
PIZZA, WINE, LIVE MUSIC, DOOR PRIZES, AND A GREAT FILM
Come “mangia” Italian-style with pizza donated by Papa John’s. Sip red wine and let strolling musicians transport you to a little town in Sicily. Then settle in for a movie that will, if it hasn’t already, win your heart.
After the movie, cross your fingers for a chance to win one of three special door prizes. And on your way out of the theatre, look for a sweet treat in the spirit of the movie’s famous kissing scenes.
Wed, May 17
Doors open at 6pm; the film starts at 7pm
$25 per person/$40 for two people
Buy your tickets online now to guarantee your seat(s), or take a chance and buy your tickets at the theatre box office on the day of the event.
PROCEEDS FROM THE EVENT
All proceed from this event will go toward on-going capital improvements of The Kentucky Theatre.
A special thanks to our event partners, Papa John’s Pizza and the accordion quartet, The Dischordions.
Support The Kentucky Theatre
The Friends of the Kentucky Theatre have completed the initial phase of restoring The Kentucky Theatre, a historic Lexington landmark. New digital projector and sound system, new seating and carpeting, and rewiring have been completed and marquee repairs are under way. But we still need your help!
Your continued donations and and support for fundraisers will insure ongoing maintenance funds are available as needed.
Why The Kentucky Theater Needs Your Help Today
- Studios are discontinuing 35mm distribution*, which is used by the Kentucky Theater. Cinemas that don’t make the digital transition will effectively go out of business. Conversion completed May 2013! Our thanks to all who contributed!
- The LED lighting upgrade will reduce electricity consumption and the rate at which bulbs must be replaced, making the theater greener and saving money over time. Completed spring 2014
- Improved sound system compatible with modern movies’ demands. Completed along with digital conversion.
- Improve the safety and fire resistance of lighting and wiring fixtures. Completed spring 2014.
- Replace seats and carpeting which have been in place for 20 years Completed spring 2014.
- Increase the level of comfort for patrons to a competitive level with modern cinemas. Installation of state of the art LOOP system for the hearing impaired completed spring 2014.
How to Donate Online or With A Check
We’ve made it easy to securely donate online.
Or you can pay by check via US Mail:
Blue Grass Community Foundation
499 East High Street, Suite 112
Lexington, Kentucky 40507
c/o Friends of the Kentucky Donation
If you are sending a check, please enclose a note / memo on the check stating the “Friends of the Kentucky Donation” … if you’re wanting to sponsor a seat ($500 per seat) please clearly the seat number(s) you wish to sponsor.
How to Sponsor A Seat at the Kentucky Theater
- The cost is $500, and includes your seat choice and an optional memorial plaque.
- Payment can be made via check or online. (choose “other” and $500 per seat on the amount page.)
- Individuals, Groups or Anonymous donations welcomed for any seat(s), which may be in a group’s name.
- Individual donors can spread your payments into 5 installments of $100 if needed. Please note this as your intention when you submit your donation.
- Groups, clubs, co-workers or churches may pool their donations and sponsor a seat in their group name.
- Names on plaques are subject to the review of the FOKT donation committee prior to insertion on a plaque.
If you have specific seat(s) in mind, please refer to the seating chart below and note the number(s) of seats. Include those numbers as you make your donation.
About The Friends of the Kentucky Theater
The Friends of the Kentucky Theatre (FOKT) is a Lexington, Kentucky non-profit organization made up of civic-minded community leaders and members united in the mission to preserve, renovate and enhance the historic theater and create a fund for its continued maintenance over the coming years. The FOKT campaign was founded and incorporated in September, 2012 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and fiscal component of the Blue Grass Community Foundation.
The Kentucky Theatre has become a cultural institution both through the historic grandeur of its building and the diverse, community-centered programming it provides.
The building, which is owned by Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and leased to a theater management company, is literally a public asset that belongs to all of Lexington’s citizens. Mayor Jim Gray, in kicking off the fundraising campaign, challenged FOKT to be “aspirational” in our mission to give the theater the renewal and transformation it deserves. Read more about the theater’s history.
The Kentucky’s History
This historic and architecturally distinguished cinema has been a civic anchor on Main Street Lexington since 1922 when it was rated one of the top ten movie theaters in the US. In 1926, it was one of the first 50 theaters in the country to introduce sound and the first in Lexington to introduce Warner Brothers’ vitaphone sound films.
The Kentucky Theatre was built by the Switow family, Russian Jewish immigrants in Lexington. They commissioned the design by Joseph and Joseph of Louisville, Kentucky’s oldest continuing architectural firm and one of its most distinguished. Read more about the theater’s history.