One of Louisville’s top jewels is the Kentucky Center for the Arts, nestled between Main Street and the river in downtown Louisville.
The modernistic building with its multiple angles and glass walls has been a focal point for years for Louisville’s classic arts performances. The center is home to the Kentucky Opera, the Louisville Ballet and the Louisville Orchestra, as well as Stage One (a children’s theater) and the PNC Broadway Across America series.
But the Center doesn’t merely host bluebloods – or blue hairs. Its Lonesome Pine series, which was aired internationally in 1988, brought in energetic performances of folk, blues, Cajun, and jazz. It also often hosts local arts groups performing dance, readings, plays and concerts.
And then there’s the “Kentucky Center Presents” series, which recently put on a sold-out performance by Adam Lambert and his “Glam Nation Tour.”
Over the years the Center also has hosted visits by Presidential candidates, national debates, and other major events.
In July, Billboard magazine noted that the Center’s Whitney Hall, a 2,479-seat venue, was one of the top-10 performance venues in the world, among venues with no more than 5,000 seats.
The ninth-place ranking was based on the center’s gross earnings of approximately $4.5 million over roughly a six-month period that ended June 19. Total attendance was reported at 70,092 for 38 shows in that timeframe – but only for Whitney Hall. Attendance at the center’s other two performance spaces – the MeX and Bomhard Theater – weren’t included.
The Center also runs a fourth venue, the W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre, which is located over on Broadway. The Brown, which is listed on the National Register for Historic Places, has 1,400 seats and was fully restored back in 1997.
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