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The Russell Theatre


Photograph Courtesty of KSB Miniatures Collection, credit to Kim McKisson.  Photograph is a miniature representation of the original theatre and is available for viewing at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center in Maysville, Kentucky

The stated mission of The Russell Theatre Corporation is to restore the rare, historic Russell Theatre - one of the few remaining atmospheric theaters in the United States - to its original splendor serving as a screen arts, performing and educational center for Maysville, Kentucky and the surrounding region

"What the Roxy is to New York, the Russell will be to Maysville"

Colonel J. Barbour Russell, founder of The Russell Theatre

An atmospheric theatre is a type of movie palace design which was popular in the late 1920s. Atmospheric theatres were designed and decorated to evoke the feeling of a particular time and place for patrons, through the use of projectors, architectural elements and ornamentation that evoked a sense of being outdoors. This was intended to make the patron a more active participant in the setting.

Hoffman, Scott L. A Theatre History of Marion, Ohio: John Eberson's Palace and Beyond. Charlotte, NC: The History Press. 2015.

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