Lyric Theatre

Jackson, TN 38301

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The Lyric Theatre was opened prior to 1913. Came across an article that stated this theatre once had a Pilcher organ. The Lyric Theatre was operated by Publix Theaters Corp. in 1930.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Volume 205 of the legal publication The Southwestern Reporter has information about a case involving the installation of a heating and ventilation system in the Lyric Theatre at Jackson, Tennessee. The initial contract for the system had been signed on July 9, 1913. Another case, in volume 203 of the same publication, involved a vacuum cleaning system installed in the house. It’s clear from the articles that the house was in operation during at least part of 1913, and most likely was built that year. A balcony is mentioned in one of the articles, so the Lyric was probably a good-sized theater, not just a small nickelodeon.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 6, 2017 at 4:33 pm

The Lyric was mentioned in the September 23, 1930, issue of The Film Daily. The manager was named John McKenna. It was mentioned again in the December 4 issue, which noted that the Lyric was a Publix house:

“Animal Crackers Hunt for Kids

“MANAGER J. C. McKenna was helped materially in putting over ‘Animal Crackers’ playing at the Publix-Lyric theater, Jackson, Tenn., by effecting a tie-up with the National Biscuit Co. An animal cracker hunt was staged on afternoon of opening day of picture with approximately 200 boys and girls equipped with eagle eyes to seek the hidden treasures. The Biscuit Co. furnished gratis 2,000 samples of animal crackers in glassine bags, the bags being imprinted with copy about the picture.”

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