Plaster in the theater lobby is in need of attention and the entire theater needs a paint-job, estimated to cost $25,000.
An updated, upgraded concession stand would require an investment of about $35,000.
The city recently announced plans to create a theater district that would encompass the Kentucky Theater. The proposal calls for a multi-screen cineplex atop the LexTran Transit Center garage, one block south of the Kentucky. “They’re talking about a 6-plex well we already have 16-plexes (at suburban malls) and at those 16-plexes you have numerous restaurants and stores and everything, so there’s got to be more over here (along the lines of shopping and dining),” said Mills.
It was not known if there are plans to leverage any development of a theater district to benefit the Kentucky.
Tate said the renovations being proposed do not currently extend to the adjacent State Theater.
A charitable fund has been established with Bluegrass Community Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) to track contributions and expenditures for the Kentucky’s makeover. Contributions made payable to “Friends of Kentucky Theater” can be mailed to the foundation at 250 W. Main Street, #1220, Lexington, KY 40507 or online
The Kentucky Theater held its grand opening on Oct. 4, 1922. A 90th Birthday Celebration event is planned for Oct. 10 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Organizers said details would be released soon.