Lyric Theatre

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

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 6, 2005 at 4:45 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 on January 5, 2005 at 4:57 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 on January 5, 2005 at 4:53 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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 5, 2005 at 3:01 pm

As Brandt’s Lyric, this was one of the “Top Three” movie houses on 42nd Street, along with the Cinema Circuit’s New Amsterdam and Brandt’s Apollo. The Lyric and New Amsterdam divided up the double-feature programs that played the Loew’s and RKO circuits, while the Apollo was a “foreign” showcase. All three were first-run for 42nd Street. After engagements there, the films moved on to other 42nd Street theatres.