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Metro Council helps celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Iroquois Amphitheatre

Thursday March 14, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – On Thursday, the Metro Council passed legislation approving $22,750 for activities at Iroquois Amphitheater, a Metro Parks Facility. The funds appropriated through the Neighborhood Development Funds allow Metro Parks to put on an outstanding season to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Amphitheater.

The Amphitheater was constructed in the spring of 1938 through the Federal Works Progress Administration. In the early years national performers took the stage including Rosemary Clooney.

In 2000, state, local and private funds were secured to renovate the facility. Renovation to the Iroquois Amphitheater was completed in summer 2003 and a first full season of productions took place in 2004.

Improvements include more seating, a partial roof that protects performances from rainouts while still giving the audience an open-air experience, a new stage, expanded concession options, increased number of restrooms, and a year-round room for community meetings. Some of the most dramatic changes will be appreciated by performers and backstage personnel: modern dressing rooms with heating and cooling systems, control rooms, a green room, and more.

Today, the Amphitheater hosts national acts as well as many free and low-cost events for the public. “Movies Under the Stars” is in its sixth year and has been a hit from the beginning!

“Every year this bi-partisan effort brings people together from all over this community to enjoy popular films at this outstanding facility,” said Councilwoman Marianne Butler. “This year the free activities will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of having this jewel in our historic Iroquois Park.”

“The updated Iroquois Amphitheater is a wonderful venue for a wide variety of entertainment not only for our South/Southwest constituents but those from all over the Metro area,” said Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13). “It is incumbent upon us as local leaders to continue to support this historical investment located in South Louisville!”

“The Amphitheatre is part of the history of this area and within walking distance of many neighborhoods,” says Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21). “It is important that we continue supporting it.”

“The success of the Iroquois Amphitheater is a key to economic development for this area,” said Councilman David Yates (D-25). “When we bring people to the park we open up the potential for development of surrounding businesses including the potential for new restaurants.”

Joining Butler, Welch, Johnson and Yates as sponsors are Council members 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).

The lineup for “Movies Under the Star” is as follows – all movies begin at 8:30pm.

May 11 – Wreck It Ralph

June 8 – Lincoln

July 13 – Skyfall

August 24 – Rise of the Guardians

September 14 – A Christmas Story 2

Additional free movies are shown every Monday evening in June and July. Go to www.iroquoisamphithearter.com for a full list of activities at the amphitheater.