Tupelo Community Theatre

200 N. Broadway,
Tupelo, MS 38802

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Lyric Theatre  Tupelo, MS  June 1996

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The former Lyric Theatre was built in 1912 as the Comus Theatre and was exclusively the home of vaudeville. Later, as part of the Saenger circuit, it was a movie and vaudeville house as the Strand Theatre. It was renamed the Lyric Theatre when it became part of the Malco chain of movie houses in the 1930’s.

Renovations to the theatre at that time included a new marquee and an Art Deco style redesign for the interior. The Lyric Theatre continued on with stage shows in addition to its film screenings.

The Lyric Theatre remained a popular movie house until 1984 when it was abandoned and nearly demolished. The Tupelo Community Theatre came along, purchased the old Lyric Theatre, and it has remained open ever since. Live stage productions are now the focal point of the theatre.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 2, 2007 at 9:37 am

Need an aka name of Comos Theater and Lyric Theater.

Here is a photo of the Lyric Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 2, 2007 at 9:54 am

According to the Saenger website, this theater also used the name of Strand Theater. The names were Comus Theater, Strand Theater, Lyric Theater and now the Tupelo Community Theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 27, 2007 at 5:07 pm

Address:

200 N Broadway St
Tupelo, MS 38801

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 29, 2007 at 6:51 pm

This is a 2007 close-up view of the Lyric Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 7, 2007 at 10:52 pm

Here is another photo of the Lyric Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 1, 2007 at 12:13 pm

A Robert-Morton theater organ was installed in the Strand Theater in 1928.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 25, 2007 at 1:16 pm

This is a recent photo of the Tupelo Community Theater.

kpdennis
kpdennis on May 6, 2009 at 2:37 pm

The community playhouse formerly known as the Lyric – a rainy day in Tupelo, summer 1996:
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GeorgeStrum
GeorgeStrum on January 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

On this 75th Anniversary of Elvis’s birth I wonder if he actually ever attended this theatre as a boy or performed on its stage. Anyone know?

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