South Lyon Theater

126 E. Lake Street,
South Lyon, MI 48178

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The Lyon - South Lyon exterior 2013

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The Lyon Theatre was opened December 1945, replacing an earlier 200-seat Lyons Theatre across the street.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 26, 2006 at 5:11 pm

The 1941 and 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook list a Lyons Theatre with 200 seats.

In the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. it lists a Lyon Theatre, E. Lake Street with a seating capacity of 404.

Could it be possible these are the South Lyon Theater?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 7, 2008 at 5:04 am

LostMemory;It looks like there could have been at least a couple of theatres here. In the book ‘Michigan’s Small Town Movie Theatre’s’ by Michael V. Doyal the history of the building in your recent photograph above is apparently: Built in 1889 Seating 199. Beginning first as a funeral home, later a furniture store the building finally became a movie theatre in 1969. It is still open at 126 East Lake Street.
Or maybe that 1969 date is incorrect?

doc2holida on November 3, 2008 at 7:48 pm

Hello everyone. I am the proud new owner of the South Lyon Theater. The original name was “The Lyon”. So yes they are one in the same. However, since I am doing a complete interior renovation i am reverting back to the original name “The Lyon” I am in despreate need of some pictures from the era this was built. est. 1939. Much appreciated.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm

According to its official website the theatre opened in December 1945, although its official grand opening wasn’t until January 25, 1946. There wss an older theatre called the Lyons Theatre that was across the street from the Lyon.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 5, 2010 at 10:50 pm

From the 1940s a photo of the Lyon Theater in South Lyon.

TLSLOEWS on September 6, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Great photo as always Don.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Don thanks again for your great pictures.What history.

tsmegg1974 on December 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm

We currently seat 178 at The Lyon.

southlyon_theatre on September 12, 2017 at 11:47 am

Hi I am now the current owner of the Lyon Theater as of Dec 1, 2015, we are remodeling again .. new seats and carpet. I am donating two old seats from 1945/46 to the Witches Hat Museum in South Lyon and I would like to know if I can get access to the photo by Don Lewis from 1940, my website would also like to display it.. remodeled website: Let me know what you can do thanks, D. Neil

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