Lyric Theatre

103 S. Main Street,
Tulsa, OK 74103

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seymourcox
seymourcox on July 26, 2007 at 9:51 am

Below is a (c1960) facade view of the former Lyric Theatre, steel marquee frame was still visible …
http://www.tulsalibrary.org/JPG/E0069.jpg

seymourcox
seymourcox on August 11, 2007 at 10:49 am

This c1960 side view provides an idea of the Lyric layout. Note the newer stage house, added sometime after 1900, that doesn’t match the original design.
http://www.tulsalibrary.org/JPG/E1382.jpg
Presented here is a late 1800s drawing of a business that sat a few doors South of the Lyric. Several early 1900s photos show a theatre sign atop this structure, but I have not yet been able to trace what theatre this building was converted to.
http://www.tulsalibrary.org/JPG/C0206.jpg

seymourcox
seymourcox on August 29, 2007 at 3:32 pm

Urban legend says that the Lyric Theatre had one of the very first atmospheric auditoriums. Small but lavish. Due to the fact that the Lyric was converted from opera house to cinema, the projection booth was located on ground floor level, off center. View this rare auditorium shot by typing in word “lyric”,
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seymourcox
seymourcox on September 7, 2007 at 11:10 am

In 1897 the Lyric Theatre burned, and was later rebuilt,
http://www.tulsalibrary.org/JPG/A3557.jpg

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on September 9, 2007 at 5:10 pm

Only the stagehouse remains in this 1970s photo showing demolition of the old Lyric Theatre,
http://www.tulsalibrary.org/JPG/G0170.jpg

Rodney
Rodney on September 29, 2007 at 9:40 am

Here are c1893 photos showing the Lyric Theatre when it was still an upstairs Wild West Opera House. After the show patrons could enjoy a cool treat down in the basement Ice Cream Parlor.

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This is stricly a guess, but it probably wasn’t until after the disastrous fire that the theatre expanded to occupy the entire building interior.

TulsaHistory
TulsaHistory on July 5, 2008 at 9:41 am

The Lynch Brothers built their store in the late 1800s. It changed hands a time or two and then Bob Stephens bought the building, auctioned off the groceries and put in the Lyric Theatre, one of the first nickelodeon types. The fire if 1897 destroyed the adjoining Bank but not the Lynch store. The Lynch brothers sister and brother-in-law ran the ice cream store.
FYI the 1885 photo of Jack Marris'Famous Variety Show is not in Tulsa, OK.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on October 24, 2009 at 8:28 am

On a sporadic basis, the Lyric Theatre would present live burlesque shows. These are the type of routines that were staged.
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