- Macauley's Theatre
Macauley's Theatre was the premier theatre in
Louisville, Kentuckyduring the late 19th and early 20th century. It opened on October 18 1873on the north side of Walnut Street between Third and Fourth Streets, and was founded by Bernard "Barney" Macauley, a prominent Louisville actor since the 1850s. It opened with the comedy "Extremes". Debts forced him to sell the playhouse to his brother John in 1879.
The theatre was a success under John Macauley, featuring the top actors of the day, such as
Sarah Bernhardt, Lillie Langtry, Edwin Booth, George M. Cohanand showman Buffalo Bill. Louisvillian Mary Anderson made her debut at the theatre in 1875.
With changing times, Macauleys began to occasionally show motion pictures in the 1910s. It continued to serve as Louisville's premier live theatre however, until it was razed in 1925. The final performance was of "
The Naughty Wife" on August 29 1925. Theatre in Louisville lived on at the 1,500 seat Brown Theaterat the Brown Hotelfrom 1925 onwards.
Macauley's lobby was decorated with pictures of the famous actors and actresses who had performed there, many with personal inscriptions and dedications. When the theatre closed, these were donated to the
University of Louisville, which still includes them in their archives.
* [http://digital.library.louisville.edu/collections/macauley/ Macauley's Theatre Collection at the University of Louisville]
* [http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/25486.html Macauley's Theatre at Cinematour] Includes a photograph
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