South Lyon Theater

126 E. Lake Street,
South Lyon, MI 48178

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 26, 2006 at 4:08 pm

I haven’t found much info on this theater Ken. Here is a recent photo of the South Lyon theater. Look at the gold colored area near the roof. It reads “EST 1945”. Is that the build date? If it is, it could be the Lyon theater in the 1950 FDYbook but not the theater in the 1941 and 1943 editions. Another mystery.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 6, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Here is a more recent photo.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 7, 2008 at 3:04 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?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 7, 2008 at 6:53 am

I’m still not sure if the Lyon Theater and the South Lyon Theater are one in the same. The Water Winter Wonderland website lists the two theaters separately. The listing for the Lyon Theater gives no address. A comment on that page reads: “This 1950 ad was from the Brighton Argus. This could be the early incarnation of the South Lyon Theater”.

Also, the “more recent photo” posted on Jan 6, 2008 is not more recent than the photo I posted on Jul 26, 2006. The 2006 photo is actually newer. I’m still wondering what the 1945 date visible In the 2006 photo means.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 30, 2008 at 7:31 pm

This theater is for sale ($525,000). Property Description: Recently renovated theater in South Lyon. This is an opportunity of a lifetime. This gem has current running films along with live theater. New seating, sound system and HVAC. Details

doc2holida on November 3, 2008 at 5:48 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 3:42 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.

DonLewis on September 5, 2010 at 8:50 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on September 6, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Great photo as always Don.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 19, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Don thanks again for your great pictures.What history.

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