Lyric Theatre

233 E. Front Street,
Traverse City, MI 49684

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LYRIC Theatre; Traverse City, Michigan.

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The Lyric Theatre was opened in 1916. It burnt down in January 1923 and was rebuilt, reopening December 20, 1923. It was taken over by Butterfield Theatres in September 1937. It burnt down again on January 3, 1948.

The State Theatre was built on the site and opened on June 30, 1949.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 21, 2007 at 10:13 am

Here is a 1945 ad from the Traverse City Record-Eagle:
http://tinyurl.com/3cmpwx

steelbeard1
steelbeard1 on June 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm

The Lyric Theatre became the State Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 4, 2017 at 10:11 pm

An article in the December 18, 1923, issue of the Traverse City Record-Eagle indicated that the second Lyric Theatre was an entirely new building, saying “[a]ll of the walls are new, none of the wall space of the old Lyric being used in the new structure.”

In short, I suspect that steelbeard1 was correct in saying that the Lyric (the second Lyric) “became” the State Theatre. The 1923 Record-Eagle article especially noted the fireproof construction of the new theater, so I think it very likely that the walls, and perhaps even the roof, survived the 1949 fire and are part of the State Theatre today.

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