Location: 730 Madison Ave Covington, Kentucky 41011 Navigate to site
The Madison was originally known as the Covington Lyric which opened its doors on September 9, 1912, and offered daily vaudeville acts for which the cost of a single ticket was 5 cents. During the 1920s, the name was changed to L.B. Wilson, named after a local movie mogul who replaced live performers with motion pictures. To this day, the name Wilson is still lit up in lights above the front entrance to the building.
Renamed the Madison Theater in 1942, the theater was damaged by a fire in 1944, but was rebuilt in 1946, and continued to operate as a movie theater for the next 31 years. By 1977, it was the last movie theater to operate in Covington.
Today it is a concert hall which features a modern sound and lighting system for stage performances and a retractable screen that allows for viewing of various media from DVD to computer projection. Now more than 100 years old, the Madison is a far cry from its early 20th century motion picture roots.
If you are in the mood for live entertainment, check out the Madison Theater, a stage for great entertainment, located at 730 Madison Avenue.
This site is on the Arts & Culture Tour and Historic Tour. Open to the public