Lyric Theatre

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

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on February 5, 2012 at 10:19 am

This Lyric is mentioned in the same newspaper ad as the one currently displayed at the listing for the RKO Alden Theatre for “Big Time.” The movie was apparently playing there, though the nearby National is the only theatre listed for Manhattan. Simultaneous 42nd Street bookings usually went unlisted in the press to “protect” mainstream midtown theatres from losing customers. The Lyric also had stage facilities for a personal appearance, while the National did not.

robboehm
robboehm on January 2, 2012 at 7:40 pm

And, unfortunately, they took most of their links with them.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 2, 2012 at 7:35 pm

LostMemory and Warren G. Harris both stopped posting in 2009. Where’d they go? They added so much to this site.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 22, 2011 at 10:43 am

Here’s a link to a partial view of the Lyric’s original auditorium with two balconies: ibdb

42ndStreetMemories
42ndStreetMemories on May 10, 2011 at 2:48 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
sorenl2 on January 28, 2011 at 11:49 pm

My grandfather took this picture of a woman working in the ticket booth of the Lyric in 1954.
View link

William
William on August 9, 2010 at 4:09 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
robboehm on January 21, 2010 at 10:18 am

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

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 21, 2010 at 8:38 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
robboehm on January 21, 2010 at 5:39 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
JGKlein on July 15, 2009 at 11:41 pm

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

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 13, 2009 at 2:37 pm

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

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William
William on April 13, 2009 at 1:18 pm

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

William
William on April 13, 2009 at 10:34 am

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

CelluloidHero2
CelluloidHero2 on March 26, 2009 at 5:35 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
Harvey on May 21, 2008 at 7:43 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
DonRosen on May 21, 2008 at 7:34 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
Harvey on May 21, 2008 at 6:43 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
kencmcintyre on November 2, 2007 at 8:47 am

The Lyric is on the right in this early fifties photo:
http://tinyurl.com/2jr9hv

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on July 12, 2007 at 2:07 am

The intro explains that.

add1ct
add1ct on July 11, 2007 at 7:48 pm

what is this now like what has replaced it