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The History

Brief Timeline of Accomplishments to Date


Concept Study prepared by Westlake Reed Leskosky to begin the initial plans –  presentations made to City Commission focusing on future plans

Phase I Environmental Impact Study

Columbia Clean Up Days


Presentation at the Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities Conference –  presentation by Landee W. Bryant-Greene with Matt Jennings and Paul Siemborski of Westlake Reed Leskosky

Feasibility Study by Westport Palmer Group

  43 one on one interviews conducted with targeted stakeholders

  public presentation of findings held at Maiden Alley Cinema

Phase II Environmental Impact Study

League of Historic American Theatre Conference – New York, NY

Awarded a Kentucky Brownfield Clean Up Grant – $49,000

Columbia Clean Up Days


Funding awarded from the Carson-Myre Foundation

Funding awarded from the Kentucky Colonels

Asbestos abatement completed by Chase Environmental

Restoration of the original fire curtain and paint study completed by the

International Fine Art Conservation Studios (IFACS) in Atlanta

Columbia Clean Up Days

More in 2015


Reclaimed & Repurposed Art Exhibition/Fundraiser

Local couple donates funds to purchase new marquee letters

Market Research Survey completed by 1,500 participants

Transfer of property to Paducah Art House Alliance

Federal Brownfield Clean Up Grant application submitted

Columbia Clean Up Days


Development of a comprehensive business and restructuring plan

Funding awarded from the Carson-Myre Foundation


A project manager and three artists repaired, restored and repainted the curtain so it now looks much like it did when it was first raised in 1927.

In 2015 significant funding was awarded through the Kentucky Colonels, private donors, and the Carson-Myre Foundation.  These funds allowed the complete repair and restoration of the original fire curtain as well as a paint study by the International Fine Art Conservation Studios (IFACS) of Atlanta, GA.   

The team from IFACS recovered a panel from the original stained glass ceiling.  Upon cleaning they uncovered the coloration of the glass work which gave the restoration team from Big City Maids Farm to Market 1960 Rd W Suite 400, Houston, TX 77069 further insight about earlier interior color palettes.

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The Columbia Theatre Restoration Project exists under Paducah Art House Alliance (PAHA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The purpose of the dedicated group of volunteers is to save the Columbia Theatre.

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