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The creation of Louisville Memorial Auditorium was the outgrowth of two movements: one for a public auditorium, the other for a memorial to commemorate the deeds of the sons and daughters of Louisville and Jefferson County who served their country in World War I.

The Louisville Memorial Commission was created by the Kentucky Legislature under Chapter 23 of the Acts of 1922 (KRS 97.630 through 97.780) for the purpose of administering the construction, maintenance, preservation and day to day operation of Louisville Memorial Auditorium. The first Louisville Memorial Commission was appointed by Louisville Mayor George Weissinger Smith. The Commission has been directing the operation of Louisville Memorial Auditorium for the benefit of Louisville Metro Government and serving the Louisville community faithfully and continuously since 1922.

Architect of the Greek Revival building was internationally known Thomas Hastings, assisted by Louisville architect Thomas Hutchings. On Memorial Day, May 30, 1929, Louisville Memorial Auditorium was dedicated. Within its walls Louisville’s cultural life flourished.

In 1954, the Louisville Board of Aldermen allocated $170,000 to improve the acoustics. The ceiling was lowered and the side balconies were closed off reducing the seating capacity from 2,349 to 1,742. The end result of this major renovation was dramatically improved sound that our patrons still experience today in our “acoustically perfect” theater.

Louisville Memorial Auditorium has two features which make it unique throughout the world. Louisville Memorial Auditorium is home of the World’s Largest Pilcher organ. This historic four-manual instrument with 5,288 pipes is still playing wonderful music today, just as it has been doing since 1929. Louisville Memorial Auditorium is also home to 144 World-Famous flags. These historic flags from World War I and World War II are proudly displayed in 6 beautifully lit flag cases along our carpeted hallway.

Louisville Memorial Auditorium has been designated a Louisville Landmark by the Louisville Landmarks Commission and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Louisville Memorial Auditorium offers rich history and architectural beauty but at the same time offers today’s modern conveniences such as “state of the art” lighting and sound systems, new stage curtains, new carpeting throughout the theater and renovated handicapped accessible restrooms. Thousands of performers use our stage annually for concerts, dance competitions, dance recitals, stage plays, student performances, religious gatherings, speaking engagements, fashion shows, community gatherings and graduations. Attendance at Louisville Memorial Auditorium exceeds 100,000 patrons per year.
 

 

 



 
970 SOUTH FOURTH STREET
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY 40203
Phone: (502) 584-4911 Fax: (502) 574-1487