Lyric Theatre

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

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42ndStreetMemories on May 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Great picture, Soren. As were the other Times Square photos on his website. I’m already trying to figure out what was playing at the Lyric. Looked like Dean Martin in a still.

sorenl2 on January 29, 2011 at 1:49 am

My grandfather took this picture of a woman working in the ticket booth of the Lyric in 1954.
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William on August 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm

The former Ford Center for the Performing Arts / Hilton Theatre will be renamed soon “The Foxwoods Theatre. Foxwoods Resorts Casino has won the naming rights to the theatre.

robboehm on January 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I consider what I see on 43rd Street more than an insignificant small section of wall. Check it out for yourself.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 21, 2010 at 10:38 am

If you look at the photo on page 225 of the recent book “The Story of 42nd Street” you will see a demolition photo that shows what was salvaged. They were really insignificant small sections of wall.

robboehm on January 21, 2010 at 7:39 am

Technically, the theatre was not razed. Gutted yes. Joined with the adjacent Apollo yes. When you walk west on 43rd street from Broadway you can see the remains of the ornate exterior Lyric wall. Incidentally, before the 42nd street vitalization project, this exterior wall was cleaned and resurfaced anticipating the revival of the theatre as had been done with the Apollo using 43rd street as the entrance to avoid the blight on 42nd street.

JGKlein on July 16, 2009 at 1:41 am

Read this excellent Wikipedia article on the Lyric Theatre: View link)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 13, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Last try. I don’t understand why this is happening.

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William on April 13, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Hey Al, This photo link is of the Waverly 1 & 2 Theatres.

William on April 13, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Al, this picture link is for the Manhattan 1 & 2 theatre.

CelluloidHero2 on March 26, 2009 at 7:35 am

Attached is a 1975 photo I took of the Lyric and other marquees. This was previously posted here a few years ago however also attached are a couple of more recent photos of The Hilton.

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Harvey on May 21, 2008 at 9:43 am

From what I understand, the New Amsterdam was closed at the time so the production probably had free reign. The place is set up like some swinger’s club with individual rooms so it’s possible it’s a mock-up on a set.

DonRosen on May 21, 2008 at 9:34 am

Notice the XXX on the New Amsterdam marquee. They never ran XXX features, so it was obviously a set-up. I would like to know how they collapsed the New Amsterdam vertical sign in the movie. Finally, I never liked those yellow letters with the black background on the 42nd Street marquees. Looked sleezy and cheap.

Harvey on May 21, 2008 at 8:43 am

I can’t believe it hasn’t been brought up yet, but the Lyric is portrayed significantly in the 1988 Sam Elliott/Peter Weller actioner SHAKEDOWN.
Now since I can’t confirm the authenticity of the interior, somebody with first hand knowledge will have to chime in.

The theater is portrayed as undercover cop Eliott’s office. You’re shown a screen and auditorium. The movie showing is James Glickenhaus’s THE SOLDIER (he also directed SHAKEDOWN).

It’s definitely the interior lobby because Weller and Elliot are tracked from the concession stand to the outside and it’s obvious they came from inside the Lyric by then.

Lots of other 42nd Street theatres on display in the film including the interior of the New Amsterdam.

kencmcintyre on November 2, 2007 at 10:47 am

The Lyric is on the right in this early fifties photo:

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 12, 2007 at 4:07 am

The intro explains that.

add1ct on July 11, 2007 at 9:48 pm

what is this now like what has replaced it

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 11, 2007 at 4:46 pm

40c to 95c in 1957 for two subrun movies.

add1ct on July 11, 2007 at 4:13 pm

its a shame want happend to times square looks mad kl when all the theaters were all there. How much was it to watch a movie back then ?? in the lyric??

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 21, 2007 at 9:21 pm

I recall hearing about that incident back when it was news. I remember finding it very ironic and quite disturbing. It had always been my experience at the Lyric and other Duece grinders during the ‘80’s, that audience participation was an anticipated part of the entire “entertainment package.” By April of '88, I was already growing impatient with the change in programming on 42nd Street (many of the theaters were trying to book more mainstream product for the top of the bill) and was disconcerted by the unpleasant odors that had started to overwhelm some of the old grind houses. This story was just another – and perhaps final – reason why I stopped turning to Times Square for my cinematic adventures.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 31, 2007 at 4:46 am

New Lyric trivia.

The film on the TAXI DRIVER marquee scene, SOMETIMES SWEET SUSAN, featured future Hollwood mainstream producer, Craig Baumgarten, so it was most probably an industry inside joke.

On April 28, 1966 a manager at the Lyric was stabbed to death in an apparent robbery attempt according to the NYT. The week before, the Bryant had been robbed at gunpoint.

I just added a third Lyric Theatre on 23rd Street which may correspond to photo posted by Lost Memory on May 3(??)