Lyric Theater

135 N. Illinois Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Lyric Theater

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The Lyric Theatre opened on October 14, 1912. This is a 1950’s photo of a Lyric Theater in Indianapolis, Indiana. Any further information on this theater would be appreciated.

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JaneSwint
JaneSwint on January 7, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I am wondering – at which theater “Gone With the Wind” make its Indianapolis premier?

pauln32
pauln32 on January 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm

My Mother Kathy Hodges (Norris) worked at the Lyric makeing out the checks for the stars who performed there sometime in the 1950’s. I have a few photos of hers that I think were taken at the Lyric of Farren Young and Ray Price. Mom was asked if she wanted to go out with a man named Elvis Presley at the time that he sang there in 1955. She told me that she declined because of the sound of his name. I wish that I could have seen the Lyric at the time she worked there.

thirteen
thirteen on July 25, 2013 at 1:44 am

I saw South Pacific at the Lyric in 1958. The interior had been redecorated and a lot of plastic flowers with lights beneath them decorated the front of the orchestra pit. Looked kind of tacky.

jimroy
jimroy on September 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Many thanks for the history of the theater you’ve presented here. I used much of it for a page for Scotty Moore’s website today about his appearances there with Elvis in 1955 http://scottymoore.net/indianapolis.html I would very much like to see the pix pauln32 has of Faron Young and Ray Price there. Send me an email if you would. Thanks again

pauln32
pauln32 on September 10, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Hi Jimroy, I also found a picture of my Mother with Carl Smith backstage at the Lyric. I’ll post or get them to you a little later this week. —Paul

jimroy
jimroy on September 10, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Thanks Paul. My email is at the bottom of each of the pages on Scotty’s site too if that helps, just click on my name.

jimroy
jimroy on December 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Yeah Stephen. Most of that is from the Historical society I believe. Had it up here for awhile now http://scottymoore.net/indianapolis.html Check out Paul’s pix too. Thanks.

DavidPalmquist
DavidPalmquist on December 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm

The photo was likely taken around March 20 1929 when Anna Q. Nilsson’s picture “Blockade” appeared. The March 20, 1929 Indianapolis News carried an ad for ‘6 Big Vaudeville Acts, FEATURING JIMMY ALLARD AND COMPANY IN “JOURNEY’S END” A Sensational Laugh Hit" “On the Screen BLOCKADE With Anna Q. Nilsson”

The ad carries a small plug in its banner saying “where the crowds go” and it gives the theatre hours as 12:30 to 11.

The June 14 1929 Reading (Penn.) Times says the picture was a thrilling melodrama of the secret service, staged on the high seas and featured talking, music and sound effects. Typically, theatres in the 1920s and 1930s featured both live vaudeville and a film, and that is the case here.

According to the March 16 1932 Altoona Tribune, Anna Querentia Nilsson’s career began in one and two reel comedies for the Kalem company 20 years previously. She was in “countless” films, but mainly remembered for the 1923 “Panjola.” She broke her hip and returned to Sweden, and seems to have been trying to make a comeback in 1932.

DavidPalmquist
DavidPalmquist on December 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Hmm. I should have used Google more effectively. I found the same picture on Scotty Moore’s web page, where he dates it March 23, 1929.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on June 6, 2014 at 7:01 am

Now a parking garage and retail on the first level.

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