518 Elizabeth Street,
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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.
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