Thursday Doors — The Louisville Palace

First, go look at a new post-dated post for September 21. I was supposed to put it up but I forgotted. It’s part of Ren Garcia’s blog book tour!

The marvelous Dan Antion inspired me to join Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors link-up this week.

I have the doors for it!

Last Saturday, I joined around 100 other authors for the first-ever Kentuckiana Authors Book Blitz at The Louisville Palace theater in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Palace began life as a picture palace in 1928 as Loew’s and then United Artists. Designed by obviously deranged architect John Eberson, it was and is a riot of baroque rococo superfluity. It’s been restored to its original opulence, and now serves as a live theater and event venue.

We were in the “Faces Lobby”, so called because the vaulted ceiling is covered with carvings of famous guys like Shakespeare, Beethoven, Dante, and that kind of crowd.

It was very dark in there, with atmospheric lighting, so most of my pictures didn’t come out.

Here’s one of the door to the office.

PalaceDoors2Just an ol’ office door, like it ain’t no thang.

And these are doors into the theater seating.

PalaceDoors1I’m telling you, the damn place is GORGEOUS! These pictures don’t even scratch the surface.

If you ever do a Louisville trip, see about getting tickets to a show at the Palace. It’ll be worth the price of admission just to wander around.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about something that’s so over-the-top it goes all the way through tastelessness and comes out the other side.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Thursday Doors — The Louisville Palace

  1. Jane

    September 24, 2015 at 8:46am

    The Palace is indeed a miracle.

    Reminds me of having dinner with Somtow at the old Levy’s building (was it called the Spaghetti Factory then?). Anyhow, from the high ceilings were suspended a riot of chandeliers (none matching), and a trolley car sat in the middle, made up with booths and tables, etc., for customers to dine in. Plus the usual Victorian exuberance of the old place, itself. It was lit up like Levy’s.

    So Somtow sits back, grinning, letting his gaze suck it all in, and exclaims, “THIS is why I LOVE America!”

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      Marian Allen

      September 24, 2015 at 9:55am

      LOL! Yeah, the Palace is more Italianate than the Italians, fo sho. 😀

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  2. Norm 2.0

    September 24, 2015 at 10:59am

    These are wonderful! If I’m ever in Louisville I will certainly look this place up.
    Thanks for joining us this week 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      September 24, 2015 at 12:23pm

      I knew I’d never be able to capture the auditorium. It’s magical!

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  3. Dan

    September 24, 2015 at 11:14am

    Those are indeed beautiful doors Marian! Thanks for joining us today. I particularly like the first one with the arched top and the gorgeous hardware.

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  4. Dan

    September 24, 2015 at 11:15am

    @Dan – Ack, I pushed send before thanking you for the mention – I appreciate that!

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  5. janet

    September 24, 2015 at 9:38pm

    Marian, your choice is yet another reason I love the old, renovated buildings, theaters often being prime examples.


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      Marian Allen

      September 25, 2015 at 8:05am

      Janet, this theater takes “ornate” to a whole new level! I’ve adored it since I was a child. It was such a delight to be working there last weekend, being able to wander and stare with nobody saying, “Come on, honey, the show is starting soon.”:)

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