Lyric Theatre

585 Park Street,
Hartford, CT 06106

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The Lyric Theatre opened on September 1, 1923 and is located on Park Street in Hartford’s Frog Hollow section. It has been closed since the 1970’s and is currently abandoned. The Lyric Theatre is one of many city theaters that have now been lost or forgotten and the building is owned by the city.

The Lyric Theatre was partially demolished in March 2010 when the auditorium section backing onto Broad Street came down.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 17, 2004 at 5:12 am

If I won a $300 million lottery THIS would be the theatre I chose to refurbish. The Lyric has been closed for about 30+ years and the decrepit roof has allowed water to pour in and ruin much of the interior. The Lyric on Park Street which is known as New England’s Hispanic Main Street. It could be successful as a Hispanic cultural and performing arts center with some Spanish movies also shown. However, it will cost many tens of millions of dollars to restore, and that is what is keeping it from happening.

teecee on June 8, 2005 at 4:59 am

Was this theater ever used as retail space?
Basile Baumann Prost & Associates, Inc. (BBP Associates) is an economics and real estate development advisory firm. This is a clip from their list of projects on their website:

“Hartford, CT— Conversion of the old Lyric Theater into office and retail uses."

Maybe they “advised” someone and it didn’t happen.

SpikeSpiegel6262044 on January 31, 2006 at 3:50 pm

Roger, I have agree with what you said. I’d do the same thing.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 2, 2007 at 11:54 am

Recent photos of the theatre building exterior:

leticiacotto on May 22, 2009 at 10:58 am

Trying to expose the Lyric’s Story.

I work for the Hartford Public Library Park Branch in the Frog Hollow Neighborhood and am searching for any old photos or information on the history of the Lyric Theater. Does any one have any leads on historical facts about the Lyric?

Cinerama on March 25, 2010 at 11:26 am

Its scheduled to be demolished this weekend.

Godard on July 11, 2010 at 10:33 am

There is now a fund to help the City of Hartford preserve The Lyric Theater. It is an important landmark and would be a treasure to bring back to it’s former glory.

To donate to the fund: Donations should be made out to “City of Hartford,” with the memo line reading “Lyric Theater Fund,” and sent to 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT. 06103.

Here is a link to the article in the Hartford Courant: View link

hartfordhistory on July 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm

September 1 marks the 87th anniversary of the Lyric’s grand opening. An article published in the September 3, 1923 edition of the Hartford Courant, a few days after the opening, noted that Mayor Richard Kinsella, a host of other politicians, and a seven-piece orchestra had been on hand for the event. More on the blog: View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 9, 2012 at 1:48 am

The fall, 2008, newsletter of the Hartford Preservation Alliance says that the Lyric Theatre was designed by architect Edward T. Wiley.

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