​​​​Holiday Inn

Paducah Riverfront

Brand NEW Hotel!
​River View Fitness Center

Indoor Swimming Pool

​Refrigerator & Microwave

FREE Wireless Internet

40" TV w/ Cable & HBO

Keurig Coffee Maker

Hair Dryer

Full Service Restaurant & Bar

Room Service

Business Center

Guest Laundry

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for discounted block room rates

Holiday Inn 

Reservations

270-366-7614

Mention "Cinema Systers Film Festival"

for hotel discounts!

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​​​​​funded in part by a grant from the 

​Kentucky Foundation for Women

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Hotel Metropolitan

724 Oscar Cross Ave.

Paducah, KY


Memorial Day Weekend - May 24-26, 2019

The 1857 Hotel

The story of  Hotel Metropolitan


In 1909, 24-year-old widow Maggie Steed saw a business opportunity here in Paducah. The thriving African-American community was in need of a hotel. In the days of segregation, African-Americans could not buy rooms at white hotels.

The Hotel Metropolitan was the first hotel in Paducah operated by and for African-Americans. “It symbolizes a cultural oasis in a time of segregation, and was a stop along the old Chitlin’ Circuit for traveling musicians who weren’t allowed to access white hotels,” said J.D. Wilkes, author of “Barn Dances and Jamborees Across Kentucky.”

But Maggie Steed was turned away on her first attempt to build. “They told her that she couldn’t build a hotel because she was a woman,” said Betty Dobson, director of the Hotel Metropolitan Museum. Undeterred, Maggie went back using her late husband’s name and got the hotel built.


Guests over the years included many legends of the Jazz Age and beyond: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and Ike and Tina Turner.

Other notable guests included future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the Harlem Globetrotters, and members of the Negro Baseball League, including Satchel Paige.


   Hotel MetropolitanReservations

(270) 443-7918

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The hotel is now an African-American museum, open by appointment.

Plus, the hotel still offers overnight accommodations with breakfast the next morning.

Betty Dobson as Maggie Steed

​​The 1857 Hotel

&

The 1857 Bed & Breakfast

Located at 210 Kentucky Avenue

in Downtown Paducah

Free Wi-Fi

These accommodations are gay owned and within walking distance of

Maiden Alley Cinema, restaurants, shops, the Ohio and Tennessee River Fronts,

and the National Quilt Museum!


You must call to make your reservation!

The 1857 Hotel 

Reservations

 270-933-1857

Accomodations

LESBIAN FILMMAKERS!

We WANT Your ART!

Now accepting Lesbian produced films of all genres for this Herstoric Event.

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The ONLY 

All LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL in the USA!

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MAIDEN ALLEY CINEMA

We're conveniently located in Paducah's Downtown. Dining establishments, shopping, and art galleries are all within walking distance.

​​​​​​​​​​​The Only ALL Lesbian Film Festival  in the USA!

“When I look back on the history of the hotel, I’m in awe,” said Betty Dobson, hotel director. “You know, how a woman, who had very little resources, could put together a hotel that would mean so much to so many people along the way.


When I think about it, I’m wondering would there have been a Cab Calloway or Louis Armstrong, had there not been Maggie to kind of give them incentive to go on.”

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