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Iroquois Amphitheater sees increase in attendance for free events with help from Metro Council Members

Thursday September 26, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622
               Stephen Haag 574-1204 / 645-1752

Louisville – Over 11,000 people attended the many free and low cost events at the Iroquois Amphitheater this summer! This is in addition to the residents that attended one of the market rate concerts or private events that used the venue for their event.

Iroquois Amphitheater, celebrating its 75th Anniversary, has hosted big name events for years. It underwent a major renovation a decade ago with the help of state and federal funds.

Released figures from the Amphitheater show on average, 397 people attended nearly 30 events. There was a strong showing for “Movies under the Stars” which featured first run movies once a month from May to September. “Lincoln” in June had an attendance of 908 people. July’s “Skyfall” had 684 and May’s “Wreck it Ralph” had 648 attend.

“This great news for the Amphitheater and it shows people are rediscovering what South Louisville has to offer in entertainment,” said Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15). “I am pleased that so many took advantage of these programs and had free fun with family and friends.”

“Thanks to the support of Metro Council, the Iroquois Amphitheater was able to produce nearly 30 free or low cost events this summer that attracted over 11,000 people to the New Cut Road Corridor,” said Mike Slaton, Iroquois Amphitheater Manager. “Because of this sponsorship, Metro Parks was able to put on $60,000 worth of summer programming for a net cost of about $7500.”

In March, the Metro Council approved $22,750 in Neighborhood Development Funds for the free movies and events as part of the 75th Anniversary Celebration. The programming for the summer cost slightly over $2 per patron.

Joining Butler as sponsors were are Council members Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13), Dan Johnson (D-21) David Yates (D-25), Rick Blackwell (D-12), Mary C. Woolridge (D-3), David James (D-6), Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9), Cindi Fowler (D- 14), Kelly Downard (R- 16), Robin Engel (R-22), Stuart Benson (R-20), Brent Ackerson (D-26), Tom Owen (D-8) and Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5). Jim King (D-10), Attica Scott (D-1).

The top attendance was a concert by local favorite the Monarchs for the Wounded Warrior Project with 1210 people in attendance at the September 7th concert.

“The Iroquois Amphitheater continues to be an investment that is paying off for South Louisville,” said Butler. “We look forward to supporting another successful season in 2014.”

Sponsors:
Marianne Butler (D) 15
Dan Johnson (D) 21
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3
David Yates (D) 25
Cindi Fowler (D) 14
David James (D) 6
Tom Owen (D) 8
Jim King (D) 10
Kelly Downard (R) 16
Robin Engel (R) 22
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5
Stuart Benson (D) 20
Brent Ackerson (D) 26
Attica Scott (D) 1