A Message from Kim Baker, President and CEO of The Kentucky Center -
On Wednesday, June 13, The Kentucky Center sustained considerable damage when a fire started within its arched ceiling above the lobby. All staff and employees were immediately evacuated and there were no reported injuries.
The majority of damage appears to be from water and is primarily contained to the Main Lobby. Whitney Hall and the Bomhard Theater also sustained minor damage. We are still in the process of assessing the damage.
We are working diligently with crews to clear the damage, eliminate water from the building and to reopen as soon as possible.
The Kentucky Center building - including the physical Box Office - and garage are currently closed to the public in an effort to expedite the repair process.
Tickets for scheduled programming are available online and by phone at (502) 584-7777.
There were a handful of shows scheduled to take place in the venue in the coming days. We are thankful to a generous community outpouring of support and assistance from nearby facilities and venues (some of which have no connection to The Center) who have offered access to their spaces - and we are working closely with these groups to find alternative venues for them.
Many have asked about the condition of the Center's permanent art collection, displayed throughout the building. Owned by The Kentucky Center Foundation, the value of the artwork in the affected area – the lobby – is estimated at $18 million. We are working with representatives from the Speed Art Museum to assess any potential damage and will report those findings when available.
This has obviously been a challenging time for our Kentucky Center family, friends, fellow arts groups and the entire community that loves this building.
I wish to thank the many men and women of the Louisville Metro Fire Department, emergency workers, and the Louisville Metro Police Department for ensuring the safety of everyone. I also want thank downtown workers and commuters for their patience as well.
We are doing everything in our power to get The Kentucky Center up and running again – and will issue an announcement soon when we expect that date to take place.
The PNC Broadway in Louisville show “Waitress” is scheduled for June 26 through July 1. We are optimistic that – as they say – “the show will go on” – but will confirm 100% for sure early next week.
Thank you for your support during this difficult time.