LMA100237 91st Anniversary & Memorial Day Press Release FINAL 2020

louisvillememorialauditorium

May 22 nd 2020

Press Release

Louisville Memorial Auditorium

Virtually Celebrates 91 st Anniversary and Honors Memorial Day

Louisville, KY – Last year, the historic Louisville Memorial Auditorium celebrated the pivotal 90 th Anniversary with

a free community concert which was well received. A similar event was being planned for this Memorial Day,

Monday, May 25 th 2020. As other venues, the landmark remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the success of social media, virtual experiences and websites to remain connected, the community is invited

to a virtual celebration of the 91 st Anniversary, while also sharing thoughts to honor veterans lost in

remembrance of Memorial Day at www.facebook.com/louisvillememorialauditorium.

Last year, resident organist, Tim Baker played the Pilcher Pipe Organ during a presentation showcasing rare and

interesting photographs from the construction in the late 1920’s to current times. It was projected on the movie

screen using a new digital projection system purchased by a series of fundraising efforts. The pictorial journey

showcased famous past performances, such as Frankie Avalon, The Rolling Stones, KISS, Patti Smith, Mikhail

Baryshnikov, Aerosmith, Peking Opera and the Moscow Ballet.

The community is invited to visit www.louisvillememorialauditorium.com to view the nostalgic presentation, as

well as learn more about the amazing collection of historic world-famous flags from WWI and WWII and the

world’s largest Pilcher Pipe Organ.

Later this summer, the recently created Louisville Memorial Auditorium Foundation, Inc. will launch a website

devoted to the organization’s fundraising and preservation efforts. “Like all community institutions, fundraising

will be even more important to ensure our public auditorium is around another 90 years,” said Kelly J. Gream,

Executive Director.

About the Louisville Memorial Auditorium

Louisville Memorial Auditorium celebrated its 90th Anniversary on Memorial Day Monday, May 27 th 2019. The

unique venue offers rich history, architectural beauty, and a remarkable stage experience complete with lighting

and sound systems to produce a memorable event, a Louisville Landmark on the National Register of Historic

Places, dedicated on Memorial Day in 1929. The auditorium was built from the outgrowth of two movements:

one for a public auditorium, the other for a memorial to commemorate the deeds of the sons and daughters of

Louisville, KY and Jefferson County who served in WWI. Over the years many concerts, graduations, dance recitals

and competitions, stage productions and other interesting events have been held at the venue.

Media Contact: Kelly J. Gream, Executive Director

Office: (502) 584-4911 or Mobile: (502) 727-1977

kelly.gream@louisvilleky.gov

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