819 NW 2nd Avenue,
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The Lyric Theatre opened in 1913 in the Overtown neighborhood which was one of the first African-American neighborhoods in Miami. The building was a two story masonry vernacular concrete block building sheathed in stucco. Owned and operated by African-Americans and primarily featured African-American entertainment.
After featuring the best in live entertainment and movies the theatre closed in the 1960’s. The Lyric was acquired by Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida in 1988. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
The theatre went through a renovation in 2000 to restore it to its original beauty. The Lyric is open once again, in pristine condition and is the oldest legitimate theatre in Miami.
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