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The Art Theater

This article first appeared in issue 18, and was written by Ed Waggener.

Mr. Luther Knifley built and ran the little stone movie house which served the land above Green River

If you never heard of this Adair County Theater, it's probably because you are from south of Green River.

The Art Theater was built sometime after John and Mary Dunbar were married. "I came to Knifley in 1936, after we were married,"

Mrs. Dunbar remembers, "and when I think back, it wasn't here then." Mr. Luther Knifley, Mrs. Dunbar remembers, built the little stone theater. He and his wife, Marie Squires Knifley, and children, Travis and Inez, ran the picture show.

"It was a little stone building. I can picture it perfectly," Mrs. Dunbar says. They had popcorn and cokes, of course, and mostly black and white movies. It may have seat around 100, she thinks.

Mrs. Dunbar is not sure when the theater went out of business, but she thinks it may have been in the very late '40s or sometime up in the 50s.

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