Lyric Theatre

518 Elizabeth Street,
Waycross, GA 31501

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Lyric Theatre

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The Lyric Theatre was opened around 1927. It appears to be the work of Valdosta architect Lloyd Greer, although this is not documented. The facade of the Lyric Theatre features a broken pediment in cast stone at its center. Underneath is an elaborate cast stone cartouche of the masks of drama. Underneath this feature are three arched windows with colummned supports. The brick work and fenestration of the Lyric Theatre’s facade stongly suggests Greer’s style as seen in the Moultrie Theatre (Moultrie, GA) and the Ilex Theatre (Quitman, GA). The theatre was operated by Lucas and Jenkins in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

The original marquee did not have an announcement board but featured exposed light bulbs around its perimeter. A Streamline Moderne style marquee was installed sometime in the 1940’s, featuring a triangular shape with a large “L” at its center and the typical complement of neon lighting.

Click the link below for a photo of the now closed Lyric Theatre.

Contributed by John Clark McCall, Jr., Lost Memory

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ghamilton on September 26, 2005 at 2:36 pm

This theater should have been the one to “save”.It is more intact than the gutted one.Waycross is a diamond in the rough.If it were a little closer to Jacksonville,it could come back from the grave it is in.I believe there was a 3rd theater downtown in the 50’s.Could the church use facility be it?I often went to Waycross in the late 50’s with my father on church affairs.The WWII airfield was still totally intact then and as a very young military groupie,I loved it.

kencmcintyre on May 25, 2006 at 7:27 pm

Try this site for a small picture. The thumbnails are out of order:

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Mike Rogers on November 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm

April 26 1970 and “THEY SHOOT HORSES DON’T THEY” is playing.

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Mike Rogers on November 11, 2010 at 4:49 pm

July 9 1969 a real nice ad on"WHERE EAGLES DARE" It was cut of a Preesbook, It was an ad for that film I had never seen before.

rivest266 on February 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm

World Premiere of the “Queen For a Day” took place on April 15th, 1951
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zebulongrady on July 31, 2013 at 2:03 pm

The Lyric was owned by Georgia Theatre Company, who also owned the other theatres in Waycross. I was in Waycross talking to a police captain that was part of the group that operates the ritz. He told me the Lyric was pretty well gutted and was owned by the same man who owned the city’s old hotel building. He told me How I could get in a back door but was unsuccessful.

zebulongrady on October 9, 2013 at 11:58 am

Stopped by the old Lyric in October, 2013. A front door was unlocked. Propped door open to get a little light in because I did not have a flashlight. Area between the front doors and the auditorium wall was only about 6 feet wide. Lots of derbis on the floor. Everything too dark to see around, but found auditorim entrance. Could see stage as light was coming in from some where, but all the side doors were closed. Stage looked very large. Took pictures with flash which turned out pretty good. Did not look like the auditorium had a lot of fallen stuff in it. Balcony stairway was littered and could not see to got up them. Kept hearing noises like curtains blowing in the wind, but saw no curtains. Will return again and will have a flashlight.

zebulongrady on October 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

After looking closely at the pictures I took, orbs (aka spirits) appeared in the pictures of the auditorium, but not in the pictures I took of the lobby and stairs. Do you suppose I had company that day?

DirtRoadDivaFoto on November 16, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Had the pleasure of taking a very short tour today with camera in hand.. I found my new love… Inside old buildings.. I just love the “Lyric”.. and I knew it was going to be spooky as soon as we opened the door.. IT WAS FREEZING!

zebulongrady on April 27, 2015 at 8:46 am

To DirtRoadDivaFoto -If you took pictures, please post them if you can.

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