The historic Louisville Palace from 1928 is a remnant of yesteryear, where once there stood several theaters along 4th Street, this extant one still stands. After its initial opening as a vaudeville palace, the theater converted itself over the years as a spot for films. It was only in the late 1994 when the theater reconverted itself back into a full-fledged performance venue. With acts as varied as ballet and bluegrass to comedy and touring Broadway shows, it's Louisville's classic hub for performing arts once again.
A world-renowned racecourse commemorating Henry Churchill, the Churchill Downs is the holy grail for aficionados of horse racing. Spread across more than 140 acres (56 hectares), the track rekindled Louisville's hope for horse racing after two of the city's favorite venues were shut down. Since its inception in 1875, the Kentucky Derby has prospered on this track garnering many raves from jockeys and equestrian sports lovers from across the globe. Featuring more than 70 luxury suites, the interior of the site is decorated with murals of Kentucky Derby winners thus celebrating the augustness and exclusivity of the sport. A museum, stables and a clubhouse are also a part of the Thoroughbred racetrack's extensive layout.
The Kentucky Derby, held annually at the fabulous Churchill Downs, is often said to be 'The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.' The museum, which is located just outside the racecourse, elaborately presents the history of this racing tradition through more than 20,000 items that have been collected since its inception in 1875. Exhibits include trophies, sculptures, photographs and paintings along with Derby souvenirs and the private collections of former horse trainers and jockeys. Tours can be made with the museum to visit the hallowed grounds of Churchill Downs as well.
The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage showcases the legacy and cultural contributions of African-Americans in the state. Notable and prominent Kentuckians include Muhammad Ali, jazz vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, songwriter Wilson Pickett and many others that have left their indelible mark. Through exhibitions, programs and activities, the center creates programs that promote social justice, activism, art and awareness among the public at large. Additionally, the center celebrates the cultural legacy of the African-American community with nights that promote poetry readings, plays, dinners and concerts.
Zanzabar is a local institution. Since its opening in 1938 it has changed templates many times, but it has always remained a local watering hole. The recent incarnation has it all, from old-school arcade games and pinball tournament nights to local farm-to-table food and live music, things have surely changed since those prewar days. The food and drinks are outstanding, but a lot of people come just to revert back to their childhood with games like Paperboy, Asteroids, Frogger and Donkey Kong. When you add the live music, this version of Zanzabar appears as if it is the best one in the last 80 years.
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts showcases some of the biggest names in theater, dance, and music. Home of the Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Stage One, and the Louisville Orchestra, the center's season also includes the hottest touring Broadway shows. Comprised of four theaters, from the 2,406-seat Robert S. Whitney Hall to the far more intimate 319-seat MeX (black box) Theater, the center's venues are as diverse as its artistic lineup. The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts' outreach programs work year-round to bring a wealth of arts programs to the community.
This theater, officially known as the W.L. Lyons Brown Theater, is adjacent to the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and it's one of the last "Grand Dames" of yesteryear in the downtown Louisville vaudeville district. It holds at least 1,400 patrons comfortably and the shows vary from Disney productions to comedy and holiday specials. In addition to the Louisville Palace Theatre, the Brown is an architectural marvel with its ornate details inside and outside, something hardly seen in theaters constructed today.
Come experience the historical Kentucky Theater, a community arts center that brings people together through the performing arts to build a community.
The Henry Clay situated in the heart of Downtown Louisville is a multipurpose event room featuring a beautiful charm that makes every event hosted here special. Originally built in 1924 as a lodge, this beautiful building features in the National Register of Historic Places. The Henry Clay features as many as 14 event spaces that can be rented at reasonable rates for events of all types and size. Events like weddings, birthday parties, corporate meetings, engagements, and birthday parties are among the many events to be organized here throughout the year. The efficient event management team here makes sure your event is successful and memorable for everyone and that you can enjoy your special event without having to worry about the arrangements.
Mercury Ballroom is a music space where renowned artists are invited to perform. The upbeat atmosphere and banter of the crowd, adds to the cheery environment. Artists like Corey Smith, Meghan Trainer and many others have been live performers here. You can book your tickets in advance to pick a nearer space to watch your Favorite artist perform. Additionally, the venue is also perfect for any of your private events with exclusive booths and party ambiance.
Bowling just became a whole new game. First opened in Hollywood, California, Lucky Strike Lanes' management envisioned a bowling alley celebrities would want to patronize - with top shelf food and ever-changing artwork showcased at the end of each lane. The idea proved popular, and Lucky Strike Lanes now has alleys across the country. The menu is surprisingly gourmet for a bowling alley; revitalized from the typical beer and nachos that may spring to mind at the mention of bowling alley food. The mouth-watering menu includes appetizers, salads, gourmet pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, desserts, and even all-day breakfast. Please note that guests are expected to adhere to a dress code.