Columbia Theatre

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Restoration work is underway in the historic Columbia Theater in downtown Paducah. Geoffrey Steward leads Atlanta-based International Final Arts Conversation Studios in uncovering the stained glass ceiling, investigating the original paint palettes from 1927 and its modernization in the 1950s. They are also repairing the fire curtain, damaged when the movie screen was installed, patching the holes, sealing the asbestos and repainting the New York Harbor scene. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf stopped by the Columbia to learn more about the restoration effort.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Downtown Paducah's Columbia Theatre is in the early stages of rebirth, or that's what members of the Columbia Club hope. The massive theatre first opened to the public in 1927 and has been deteriorating since its last show in 1987. The estimated cost to renovate the space is six million dollars, which the club hopes to raise through grants and local investors. Matt Markgraf takes us on a tour of the building while he lends a hand on a recent clean-up day.

Darlene Mazzone and Landee Bryant-Greene join us on Sounds Good to talk about the Columbia Club's efforts to raise funds to renovate Paducah's historic Columbia Theatre, a project with an estimated $6 million price tag. Mazzone says restoring the architectural gem will improve downtown economic viability and expects the donation to be put toward a feasibility study for the renovation project. Hear the conversation: 

Columbia Club

The Columbia Club has received a $49,000 grant from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet to clean up asbestos and lead contamination in Paducah’s Columbia Theatre.

Paducah city officials are passing control of the historic downtown Columbia Theatre to a nonprofit group for renovation.

Columbia Theatre Concept Study Revealed

Dec 17, 2013
Columbia Task Force

A city funded concept study shows renovating Paducah's Columbia Theatre would cost 5.8 million dollars. Grants and tax credits would cover 2.7 million dollars worth of work on the almost ninety-year-old downtown theater.

Columbia Theatre Restoration Progresses

Dec 19, 2012

The heads of two of the Paducah groups working together to restore and reopen the downtown Columbia Theatre as a multipurpose facility updated Mayor Bill Paxton and city commissioners last night on their progress. The Paducah Renaissance Alliance and Maiden Alley Cinema have combined efforts to revitalize the historic building. PRA Executive Director Lisa Thompson says they hope to turn it into a space for local events such as performances, music, dance recitals, film showings and more.