Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The Grand Theater in Lancaster is now undergoing reconstruction.
The Grand Theater was opened in February of 1925, commissioned by J.R. and S.G. Haselden. Local furniture raftsman J.A. Trumbo was hired to do much of the interior woodwork, and the original lamps located in the box seats were made from Model T car casings. The theater originally held 750 customers, and the stage and screen were complimented by large pipe organ and piano located in the pit in front of the stage. The Central Record described the opening this way: “The Grand Theater and picture house are thrown open to the public Thursday night, February 12, 1925. Lancaster and her citizenry can point with pride at one of the handsomest, most commodious, and up-to-date show houses in central Kentucky, comparing favorably with many of the more pretentious houses in Louisville or Lexington…”