Lyric Theatre

209 W. Main Street,
Monticello, IL 61856

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Lyric Theatre, 1979

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Built on the site of an earlier Lyric Theatre. The ‘new’ Lyric Theatre was opened September 5, 1937 with Milton Berle in “New Faces of 1937”. It was closed May 31, 1979. It has been converted into a bank.

Contributed by Mark Specht

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Chris1982
Chris1982 on June 3, 2014 at 12:04 am

The Lyric Theatre was located at 109 W. main St.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on April 28, 2016 at 8:44 am

The address maps to a still-standing building housing Monticello Drugs. Maybe not demolished after all.

MovieMark
MovieMark on November 21, 2017 at 10:26 pm

The new Lyric Theatre opened Sunday, September 5, 1937 for a 3:00 p.m. showing of “New Faces of 1937” by Leigh Jason. Its first paying customer was Keith Hutson.

The Lyric Theatre was located at 209 W. Main St. (See Piatt County Journal-Republican from May 17, 1979)

Chicago architect W. Philip Doerr designed the $40,000 Lyric Theatre. It used a Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System.

J. P. Kratz was the original owner and and Miss Eleanor Gibson was the original manager.

The Kratz Family sold the Lyric in 1973 to First State Bank of Monticello, who leased it to Kerasotes. The Lyric closed May 31, 1979 after having shown “Grease.”

It now functions as a western half of First State Bank.

The Lyric’s phone number was 217-762-4336

MovieMark
MovieMark on November 27, 2017 at 9:33 pm

The new Lyric was not demolished, but converted into the western half of the First State Bank building.

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