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First Look: Check out Rupp Arena’s new neighbor in downtown Lexington

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The renovation of Rupp Arena, the Lexington Center and the surrounding area is on pace to be completed in the year 2078, but there is some visible progress on the entertainment complex going across the street.

LexLive, the massive structure promising bowling lanes, movie screens and other exciting forms of entertainment, now looks like something more than a pile of rubble on the corner of Broadway and High. It even has a sign! And crashing bowling pins!

A California-based company called Krikorian Theaters is behind the project that was announced many moons ago with an original rendering that looked like this:

Once it is finally completed, LexLive will make a nice addition to the downtown Lexington landscape and hopefully the economy, but the timing certainly isn’t ideal.

As for the Lexington Center’s renovation, things seem to be in the financial nightmare stage. Matter of fact, the Herald-Leader published a story earlier today called, “Lexington council OKs new financing for troubled $275 million convention center expansion.”

Good luck to all of the renovating, but I think we’ll all be happy with regular ol’ basketball being played in Rupp Arena, however it looks on the inside and out.

Until then, what are your thoughts on what LexLive brings to the corner, visually?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

10 Comments for First Look: Check out Rupp Arena’s new neighbor in downtown Lexington



  1. Dr. Tom
    3:56 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

    Wow, completion date of 2078 is a long way off!!



  2. jaws2
    4:01 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe by then Andy will let them open up. Maybe even yard sales by then!!



    • UKgrad80
      6:56 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

      You do realize that Andy is not responsible for Covid-19? So sorry if him saving lives is so inconvenient for you!



  3. UKgrad80
    5:09 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

    2078 wtf????



  4. UKgrad80
    5:10 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

    I will be 121 years old but I will be there!!



  5. Dr. Tom
    11:07 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

    Drew, do you proof read these things before they go to press (2078)???



    • PensacolaCat
      2:02 am June 25, 2020 Permalink

      Maybe he was being sarcastic?



  6. Cousins Fake Tooth
    2:29 am June 25, 2020 Permalink

    Lots of glass there. Better hope no peaceful protesters come around.



    • Marcschlupp
      1:07 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

      If its peacefull protesters it will be okay. It’s the people who riot and cause trouble I would be scared of.



  7. cathatter
    9:40 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

    apparently Lex didn’t glean anything from the Yum center disaster!?!