Marianne Theater — Bellvue, Kentucky

The Marianne is a beautiful 1940s Art Deco, single-screen movie theater located in the Northern Kentucky Cincinnati suburb of Bellvue.
Marianne Theater -- Bellvue, Kentucky

The Marianne opened for business on March 1, 1942.  It has a seating capacity of 542.
Marianne Theater -- Bellvue, Kentucky By the mid 1990s the Marianne had began running second run movies and eventually closed for business. The last movie to play in the theater was the 1998 Tommy Lee Jones film “U.S. Marshals” Marianne Theater -- Bellvue, Kentucky
In February of 2018 developers announced that the theater would be restored and turned into an event center for live concerts and other performances.

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Martin’s Fork Time Machine

First and foremost before I begin this entry I want to give credit and thanks to the Martins Fork Lake Facebook page for sharing these photos. Ever since I was small I have always wondered what the land looked like before the lake was built at Smith. So, with great gratitude I thank the folks who control the lake’s social media page for having the thoughtfulness and courtesy to share these wonderful archives with us.

 
Martins Fork Lake Construction (Mid-Late 1970s) Im starting off the photos with what I consider to be the holy grail of the bunch. This photo is looking toward the bridge nearest the beach. Imagine that little road running up and down the middle is the road along the beach area. If you look closely you can see the roof of the old Smith School and the rock church near the center. Im shocked at how flat this area was. Martins Fork Lake Construction (Mid-Late 1970s)
This second picture is looking off toward the lake from the last bridge. In fact, to this day, if the water is down far enough you can still tell where this bridge was that is in the picture.
Martins Fork Lake Construction (Mid-Late 1970s) The rest of the photos are pretty self explanatory, but fascinating no doubt. Martins Fork Lake Construction (Mid-Late 1970s)

The last picture is an old welcome sign that was at the lake until the 1980s according to the lake’s Facbook page.
Martins Fork Lake Construction (Mid-Late 1970s)

I also have a couple of other entries that includes more historical pictures from Martins Fork Lake and the Smith community that I posted a few years ago, if you are interested in reading those articles you can do so by clicking  the links below:

Smith Kentucky; A Glimpse To The Past, Present and Futrue

Smith Presbyterian Church

Logan County Courthouse — Russellville, Kentucky

Logan County Courthouse -- Russellville, KY
This Logan County Courthouse was constructed in 1903 and remodeled in 1972. This courthouse replaced earlier courthouses dating back to 1792 that were located at the site of the current day public square in town.

Sue Bennett College (CLOSED) — London, Kentucky

Sue Bennett College was a private college located in the southeastern Kentucky town of  London in Laurel County.  The school first opened in 1897 as an elementary school.
Sue Bennett College -- London, Kentucky In 1922 the school became a junior college and recieved accredidation. The school remained affiliated with the United Methodist Church throughout its operation. Sue Bennett College -- London, Kentucky
In 1991 a new president was elected who pushed for the expansion of athletic programs and a business degree program. The new programs and atheletic offerings were implemented in hopes of increasing enrollment, but that never materialzed and the college fell into debt.
Sue Bennett College -- London, Kentucky After many financial and legal problems on September 22, 1997 the acredidation was stripped from the college. Sue Bennett College -- London, Kentucky
By October 6th the United States Department of Education imposed an emergency action against Sue Bennett College, issuing a Notice of Intent to Terminate the institution from participation in the federal student financial assistance programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The college requested a hearing to appeal that proceeding. The appeal was based on SBC’s pending litigation versus the Eastern District of Kentucky to have the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reinstate its accreditation. However, Judge Richard I. Slippen rejected SBC’s request, and thus the possibility of continued federal financial assistance was dead, as was hopes of remaining open. Upon further research for this article I discovered the college was sold in 2014.  Until that time it had been used for community college and Union College classes.  The link to the article announcing its sale can be found by clicking HERE.  Further reading can be found on my friends blog at abandonedonline by clicking HERE

Reed Consolidated School — Henderson County, Kentucky

Reed Consolidated School was located just off US 60 on Reed Bluff City Road between Henderson and Owensboro.
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There is basically no information about the history of the school. However I have found that all 9-12 graders in Henderson County began attending the new Henderson County High School in 1955. This building likely served as a K-8 school for many years after that.
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As you can tell, the sun was not cooperating at all with me when there.

Kmart Stores of Kentucky

This collage represents each of the 24 Kmart locations that were open in Kentucky as of July 2016.
Kmart Stores of Kentucky  7/2016
Starting with the top row from left to right:

  • Erlanger, Kentucky
  • Louisville (Outer Loop)  — Closed March 2017
  • Louisville (Taylorsville Road)  —  Closed July 2016
  • Louisville (Poplar Level) — Closed July 2016
  • Elizabethtown — Closed July 2016

Second row from left to right

  • Georgetown — Closed March 2017
  • Frankfort
  • Maysville — Closed July 2016
  • Paintsville — Closed July 2016
  • London — Closed March 2017

Third row from left to right

  • Corbin  — Closed March 2017
  • Somerset
  • Owensboro (Fredrica Street)
  • Owensboro (Parish Avenue) — Closed March 2017

Fourth row from left to right

  • Paducah
  • Glasgow
  • Hopkinsville — Closed March 2017
  • Bowling Green — Closed March 2017
  • Henderson

Fifth row from left to right

  • Grayson
  • Russell Springs
  • Versailes
  • Lexington
  • Pikeville — Closed December 2016

From 24 locations to 11 in under a year.  Yikes.  😦