Lyric Theater

Tekamah, NE 68061

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This theater was owned by the Moore family in Tekamah, NE. It was opened in the early part of the 20th century and closed in the mid-1970s. Later it was used as liquor store, law office, and doctor’s office. It was built with a false floor that could be raised and lowered.

The building is now empty.

Contributed by Ivan Kent Steinke

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 6, 2013 at 2:36 pm

The October 5, 1930, issue of Motion Picture News said that Harry Day had opened the New Lyric Theatre in Tekamah, Nebraska on September 24. The new house had cost $32,000.

The Nebraska State Historical Society has a ledger from the Lyric Theatre in Tekamah, covering the years 1915 to 1919. Presumably, the New Lyric was a replacement for the earlier theater, or perhaps an extensive rebuilding of the original theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm

The January 8, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World mentioned an Empress Theatre that had recently reopened in Tekamah, operated by Frank Welch. As the Lyric was in operation that year, this must have been a different theater.

The 1913-1914 Cahn guide lists the Shafer Theater at Tekamah, a ground-floor house with 400 seats on the main floor and 250 in the balcony (the total capacity was about half the population of Tekamah.) This house was too large to have been the Lyric, but it might have become the Empress.

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