Lyric Theatre

213 W. 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 9, 2017 at 5:38 pm

No. B.B. Kings is further west, past the Selwyn (American Airlines).

42ndStreetMemories on January 9, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Does the B.B King club occupy any of the Times Square footprint?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 9, 2017 at 4:29 pm

The Apollo and Lyric combined into one theatre (now the Lyric). Both had entrances on 42nd street but the auditoria were on 43rd street. The Times Square was on 42nd street and remains vacant.

TorstenAdair on January 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm

“… it joined the neighboring Apollo Theatre in being razed.” The Apollo’s marquee was on the other side of the Times Square theater. (The lineup was: [unknown], Rialto, Victory, Lyric, Times Square, Apollo…) Isn’t the Apollo and Times Square part of the vacant theater between the Lyric and American Airlines? Or did the Apollo have an entrance on 42nd, but the theater was on 43rd, much like the current Lyric?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 16, 2015 at 8:39 pm

That’s the New Amsterdam, of course.

DavidZornig on September 16, 2015 at 8:06 pm

1953 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page. If someone names the large theatre marquee on the left in the photo, I’ll post it on that page too.

robboehm on August 25, 2014 at 7:34 am

Glad they went with Lyric. The remaining facade on 43 Street is what it’s all about.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 24, 2014 at 5:52 pm

So, the theatre was re-christened sometime in the last week or so. I have pics I’ve uploaded showing some of the new signage.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 8, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Oh, and I’m thrilled to have the name back in place over that marquee. Fitting, since the original Lyric’s entrance serves the same purpose for the new house.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 8, 2014 at 4:01 pm

I get the criticism, however. The theater swallowed up a lot of the comedy in Mel Brooks' musical version of “Young Frankenstein.” Admittedly, the show and production did have a few intrinsic problems of their own that had nothing to do with the house, but I felt that the size of the theater (as opposed to the smaller Richard Rodgers, where the more successful – and funnier – “The Producers” ran), caused the performances to reach even bigger and broader than is Brooks' usual style to sell the jokes up in the rafters, which squashed the life out of the humor. The set pieces looked wonderful on that big stage, however.

robboehm on March 8, 2014 at 7:12 am

Ragtime did very well early on. I didn’t have a problem with the acoustics (does that really matter in a day when everything is overmiked?) and didn’t really find it cavernous, just unappealing.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 8, 2014 at 6:46 am

I can’t seem to link the Times article so here is its excerpted text, the parts dealing with the theater itself:

Broadway’s next mega-budget show, the Australian musical “King Kong,” will no longer open as planned at the Foxwoods Theater next winter, which will instead become home to a revival of the musical comedy “On the Town,” the producers of both shows said in separate statements on Thursday. At the same time, the theater’s new leaseholders announced they were renaming the 1,900-seat house – one of Broadway’s biggest – to the Lyric.

The new landlords of the Lyric, the London-based Ambassador Theater Group, could have waited for “King Kong,” but the theater has been empty since January after the closing of “Spider-Man.” No theater owner wants to have an empty house for a year or more, especially after paying roughly $60 million to take over the lease, as Ambassador Theater Group did. A spokesman for the company said that its co-chief executive and point person for the Lyric, Howard Panter, was not available for an interview and that the organization had no comment.

The “On the Town” producers plan to put all 1,900 of the Lyric’s seats on sale, according to a spokesman for the show. “Spider-Man,” which struggled to fill seats late in its three-year run, ended up closing off some rows and shrinking the capacity of the theater to 1,600 seats.

The Lyric has been renamed following the end of a sponsorship deal last year between the Foxwoods casino and the theater’s previous landlord, Live Nation. The theater has a reputation for feeling cavernous and having acoustic challenges and has been home to a string of unprofitable shows including “Spider-Man,” “The Pirate Queen” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” The theater opened in 1998 after combining two spaces – the Lyric, a Broadway theater-turned-movie house, and the Apollo Theater. The new space was named the Ford Center for the Performing Arts; the name was later changed to the Hilton, and then the Foxwoods.

42ndStreetMemories on March 8, 2014 at 2:41 am

Thanks, saps. I know its not the same but brought a smile to face. Been there many times including I’ll Take Sweden.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 7, 2014 at 11:37 pm

I am happy to report that this theater has new owners and since the contract with Foxwoods is over, they are re-naming this house —wait for it — the Lyric.

(Article is in the New York Times 3/7/14.)

I would have preferred it being called the Lyric Apollo, but the Lyric is the best name this theater has had in years!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 15, 2013 at 10:04 pm

It was also showing on Loews showcase all over town.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm

As late as 1965 the Lyric was still “premiering” motion pictures albeit smutty ones:

Per NY Times 8/12/65: BOB HOPE, get some soap and scrub out that blue humor! “I’ll Take Sweden,” which United Artists opened yesterday at the midtown Lyric Theater, is altogether unworthy of a beloved sunshine man who has cheered millions. The picture is an altogether asinine little romp, laboriously eking out a winding trail of sexual innuendoes, with some pasted-on backgrounds of Sweden and much mad racing in and out of bedrooms. And it couldn’t be duller or more obvious.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

The Lyric went back and forth with movies and plays from 1915 to 1925. In the early twenties it spent more time as a cinema than as a playhouse.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 13, 2013 at 8:03 am

So the Lyric wasn’t strictly a playhouse until 1934?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 13, 2013 at 7:57 am

A silent movie with Douglas Fairbanks.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 13, 2013 at 7:42 am

Was the 1922 Robin Hood a movie or a play?

HowardBHaas on May 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Yes, the new “The Great Gatsby” shows Robin Hood sign on a Broadway or Times Square theater in 1922 and in another thread Al Alvarez replied to my question that it had its local original run here at the Lyric.

Roister on November 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Looking to contact anybody who may have worked at the Lyric – usher, box office, concession stand, anything – back in the 1970s or 80s… putting together an oral history… thank thanks!

BobFurmanek on February 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

The movie playing in that image posted on January 28 is MONEY FROM HOME with Martin and Lewis. Originally released in 3-D, it opened flat in New York, first at the Paramount and then at Loew’s theaters throughout the five boroughs.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Wow, robboehm, it says right on the ad “Lyric 42nd Street between 7th and 8th” and the telephone number 730-0323. I called that number so many times over the years, it’s like a flashback seeing it again! (And rob, now may be a good time to use the “remove” option on your 4:48pm post!)