Lyric Theater

Central Avenue South,
Idabel, OK 74745

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Lyric Theater ... Idabel Oklahoma

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 14, 2009 at 8:51 pm

There were two Lyric Theatres in Idabel. The second was opened in 1949, and was designed by architect Raymond F. Smith.

According to the February 16, 1946, issue of Boxoffice Magazine, when B.F. McLendon’s new State Theatre at Idabel was completed their older Lyric Theatre, long the town’s “A” house, would be completely remodeled and become the town’s “B” house.

However, the August 21, 1948, issue of Boxoffice said that the new Lyric, recently opened, had replaced another house of the same name which had been in a rented building. The May 8, 1948, issue of Boxoffice had said that the new Lyric had been designed by Smith, who had also designed the new State Theatre (also the second of its name in Idabel) two years earlier.

Unfortunately, the second Lyric had a fairly brief existence. The May 5, 1956, issue of Boxoffice reported that the theater had been destroyed by fire on April 29. I found no mention of it after that, so it must not have been rebuilt.

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