Lyric Theatre

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

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rlvjr
rlvjr on June 18, 2005 at 4:55 am

I have trouble believing the LYRIC is anything but alive and well. I attended a show there this week, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, expecting a stark modern interior of the currently named HILTON Theater. To my happy surprise I found a beautiful old interior, with all of the decorations typical of a grand theatre circa 1901, two balconies, and absolutely looking like a cleaned-up old palace. Go there and see for yourself.

DonRosen
DonRosen on June 17, 2005 at 2:06 am

You’ll need to quickly freeze frame to catch this one. In “Midnight Cowboy” when Jon Voight is running down 42nd Street, you have a full screen of the front on the Lyric showing “Hang'Em High” with all the lobby displays.

RobertR
RobertR on June 7, 2005 at 11:41 am

On 3/10/72 Universal released Paul Newman, Henry Fonda and Lee Remick in “Sometimes a Great Notion” and as a second feature Clint Eastwood in “Play Misty For Me”. Great Notion is billed as “first New York Showing”, but has no Broadway theatre playing it. The Manhattan run was The Lyric, UA Academy of Music, Juliet 1 (which only played the main feature), Kips Bay, UA Riverside and Brandts Cinema Studio. I have noticed in many of the Showcase engagements the top Broadway theatres did not play many of them until the later 70’s when Broadway was pretty much always opening everything on showcase breaks.

JoeS
JoeS on May 21, 2005 at 12:19 pm

There was a Lyric Theater on 3rd Ave between 12th and 13th St.,
Manhattan years ago.You can check out the link section on here to view it.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 17, 2005 at 7:01 pm

Thanks for the link; really fascinating stuff. Not completely accurate, and with a typo or two, but well worth a visit.

42ndStreetMemories
42ndStreetMemories on April 17, 2005 at 9:35 am

Here is a 1966 shot of The Deuce. Note the billboards over the Lyric. THey would display their coming attractions there. In this case…..THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (10th anniversary re-release) and the remake of STAGECOACH

I won the item on ebay and will be loaded it on to my website soon. Here’s the temporary link:
View link

For those interested, the films showing are:
HARPER & SWINGER’S PARADISE (Lyric), OUT OF THE PAST & TENSION AT TABLE ROCK (Times Square), TROUBLE WITH ANGELS & MYSTERY OF THUG ISLAND (Selwyn), WEEKEND AT DUNKIRK & THAT MAN IN ISTANBUL (New Amsterdam); Apollo appears to have a Gina Lollobrigida film.

42ndStreetMemories
42ndStreetMemories on March 20, 2005 at 6:35 am

saps, I also wondered if the Lyric actually played those films. IMDB lists both as 1974 releases (I thought the titles and posters may have been made up for the film). An IMDB user comment on the second film makes mention of the Taxi Driver connection.

Great tip,lostmemory. Enjoyed the site.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 20, 2005 at 4:57 am

And that’s a very interesting site. Thanks for the tip.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 20, 2005 at 4:54 am

In a word, wow! But I wonder if the Lyric actualy played those two movies, or if it was a mock up for the film.

42ndStreetMemories
42ndStreetMemories on February 26, 2005 at 9:36 am

I just found a beautiful color clip of the Lyric and entire north side of 42nd Street from 1956 on the gettyimages.com website. The Selwyn is showing (3 Coins in the Fountain & Love is a Many Splendid Thing), Apollo (Naked Night & Divided Heart), Times Square (Best of the Badmen & Badman’s Territory), Lyric (Man in the Grey Flannel Suit & Magnificent Roughnecks), Victory (Purple Heart & Guadalcanal Diary). Here’s the link View link

Jerry 42nd Street Memories

DonRosen
DonRosen on February 19, 2005 at 1:51 pm

I have an exterior photo of the Lyric (circa early 90s). I’ll e-mail it to some if they want to post it.

42ndStreetMemories
42ndStreetMemories on February 5, 2005 at 6:37 am

I recall that the Lyric, like a lot of legit theaters, was not very wide but it certainly was tall. And in the 50s-60s, it was always packed since it was showing some of the newer films on the Deuce, along with the New Amsterdam. Since people did not time the beginning of a showing back then, a lot of the viewing was interrupted by you, or someone else, looking for a seat or two seats together. And if you ended in the top balcony, you were looking down on the screen through the cigarette smoke.

After a week here, the program would move west to the Selwyn.

As always, if anyone know how I can obtain images or booking/programming information for any of the theaters on the Deuce, please let me know. The Lyric did appear in a lot of newspaper ads, since it was showing newer flics, but sometimes they would vary the 2nd feature (as opposed to the RKO circuit)for their “action” audience.

Jerry 42nd Street Memories

B7000
B7000 on January 13, 2005 at 12:00 pm

I actually had a chance to attend a punk concert here back in the late 80s : the band set up right in front of the screen and pornos played in the backround- the Lyric was really run down by that point, but traces of it’s former beauty were evident in the (dark) painted plaster ceiling, and along the crumbling yet still grand lobby/entrance- the bathrooms were something else- signs warning against prostitution/drug dealing; toilets missing and no running water. It was a great concert, and me and my(underage) friends certainly appreciated being allowed into the verry same porn theater from Taxi Driver!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 6, 2005 at 1:45 pm

Although it may have shown a soft-core adult movie from time to time (when porn flirted with mainstream acceptance) the Lyric was never a porno house.

br91975
br91975 on January 5, 2005 at 1:57 pm

The Lyric – which was then in its period as one of the handful of the Deuce’s porno theatres – was featured in the film ‘Taxi Driver’.

br91975
br91975 on January 5, 2005 at 1:53 pm

The Lyric was, in the early- to mid-‘90s, the third-to-last (not counting the MoviePlex 42) of the Deuce grindhouses to close its doors for business, followed by the Selwyn and the Harris.