The latest potential condo conversion might be taking place in the Clifton neighborhood near the corner of Frankfort Avenue and Pope Street. The Hilltop Theater, currently home to Jim Conti & Sons (an events planning company), was built in 1920, and according to Wikipedia, was the first theater in the east end. The building sits next to the Stoll Fire Station which is being relocated to Spring Street in Butchertown. The city will sell the building after the move, so look forward to another potential redevelopment next door.
Strange to live in a movie theater, you may ask? It’s not really all that crazy an idea at all; recently plans for turning a church into condos surfaced, so it looks like Louisville entrepreneurs are getting a little more creative with what makes a home. We’ve toured several theater-to-house conversions in the past, and with a little creativity, they can be great living spaces. Converting a theater into multiple units, however, could prove to be a challenge, but we’re game for a proposal.
The Jim Conti company will be moving their headquarters to Jeffersontown and are reportedly very near a sale of the historic Frankfort Avenue theater. The building is currently used as warehouse space and has been substantially altered from its original format. Walking into the building, one would never guess it was once a dazzling movie house and burlesque venue. Up on the second floor, however, is a different story. We snapped a few photos of the ornate plaster detailing still visible on the ceiling and surrounding the original stage, most of which is still intact and in great shape (it’s worth checking out after the click). The original projection room when the building played movies. Now, it serves as an office.
We don’t have the details yet on what the project will entail: how many units, price range, etc, but as soon as we hear anything more, we’ll be sure to bring it to you.
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- Snapshot: Butchertown Fire Station Bricked & Stoned (Broken Sidewalk)
- Jim Conti & Sons (Official Site)
- Theaters of Louisville (Wikipedia)