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Ludlow Theatre's Marquee to Be Lit Up Again on Saturday

The marquee is back on the historic Ludlow Theatre on Elm Street in its namesake city.

Once a movie theater, and now home to Bircus Brewing and Circus Mojo, the return of the marquee brings the building's longtime renovation one step closer to its original 1940s-era design.

The entire marquee will be lit up again on Saturday, August 10 at 9:30 p.m.

The new Bircus Grille will offer fresh angus burgers from Gravett's Angus in Pendleton County. Live music will be performed by Strange Creature, and circus performers will entertain, too.

"On behalf of the City of Ludlow, I would like to congratulate Paul Miller and the Ludlow Theatre, home of Bircus Brewing Co., for their restoration of the historic Ludlow Theatre marquee," said Ludlow Mayor Josh Boone, in a statement. “Ludlow is known for taking great pride in our city’s history. The restoration of the marquee further demonstrates our desire to preserve our past as well as promote future growth.

"The theatre as a whole is quickly becoming a regional tourist destination and it is my hope that the marquee will be an asset as well as the centerpiece of continued development along the Elm Street business district. We thank Paul Miller and the Ludlow Theatre for their dedication to historic preservation. Cheers to continued success!"

The Ludlow Theatre opened in 1946 with an Art Deco design and showed films in the evening and daytime matinees.  

Later, it housed a clutch manufacturing plant, and then sat empty for eight years until Paul and Renee Miller purchased it in 2009. They operate Circus Mojo and Bircus Brewing.

The marquee's framework was built in Ludlow at Bluegrass ironworks and finished and installed by Holthaus Lackner Signs.

-Staff report

Photo: Ludlow Theatre marquee celebrates Ludlow High School's state football championship in 1975 (via Kenton Co. Public Library)