The Quonset stood on the boundary of worlds that rarely mixed:

black and white, secular and sacred, known and unknown.


This 35-minute documentary tells the life story of Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Quonset Auditorium – a venue that served big time stars and local legends of all stripes during the entertainment boom after the Second World War.

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This film allows a glimpse into the lives of diverse entertainers ranging from R&B, country, and gospel musicians – to professional wrestlers – whose paths intersected at the Quonset during a time when segregation was being challenged.

The Quonset’s story includes accounts of firsts:  first entertainment venue in Bowling Green, KY, open to both Black and White audiences; first integrated house band, and first loves.

The documentary illustrates how local entertainers have contributed to national history. It can be used as a springboard for discussion about social and entertainment history in America, the development of the Civil Rights Movement, the politics of historic preservation, and the construction of public memory.



These entertainers also tell stories about others who shared the stage at the Quonset including:



        Produced & Directed by Amber Ridington.  See the Full list of Credits.