Lyric Theater

1800 Third Avenue North,
Birmingham, AL 35203

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Lyric Theatre

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The Lyric Theater opened in 1914 as a vaudville theatre. In March 2014, plans were approved for renovations to be carried out, with a reopening planned for December 2014.

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Bhamwiki on May 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm

The Lyric Theatre has a new website up:

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on October 19, 2010 at 9:28 am

From the 1940s a photo postcard view of downtown Birmingham that captured a view of the Lyric Theater.

jjmaccrimmon on October 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Thank you for sharing this beautiful.

TLSLOEWS on October 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Thanks again Don.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 25, 2010 at 7:50 pm

From the early 1900s a night time postcard view of Third Avenue along with the Bijou Theater in Birmingham.

TivFan on October 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm

The 18th Street facade of the Lyric can be seen in the l976 Bob Rafelson film, “Stay Hungry”. It is the very last shot of the film. It is also the last shot in the trailer, as well. The shot shows a body builder posing on each of the horizonal levels of the fire escapes. The painted Lyric sign (on the upper wall) and some of the marquee and vertical sign are shown. The letter board on the marquee states: AL GOLDSTEIN FELICITY SPLIT IT HAPPENED IN HOLLYWOOD (a rating, I’m assuming, is unreadable to the right of the film title.) According to previous posts, the Lyric showed adult films in the l970’s. It’s a great movie. “Stay Hungry”, that is…

jjmaccrimmon on October 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Ladies and Gents, on Sep 28th, 2012, The Lyric Theatre hosted it’s first live performance in over 60 years. The event was a benefit concert by the Chad Fisher Jazz ensemble to raise funds for the continued restoration efforts for the Lyric. To accomplish this feat, volunteers laid down new temporary plywood flooring and lighting. Patrons brought their own chairs. Special dispensation was given by the City of Birmingham, Birmingham Fire Marshal and Code Enforcement to permit this special show. 200 tickets for this performance sold out in a matter of days.

Although the theater area has substantial water damage and decay, the sound quality was nothing less than astonishing. Live jazz spilled across the audience warm and rich as honey. There appeared to be clear sight and sound lines from all parts of the main floor. The band later reported that the sound quality and natural feedback from the venue walls was incredible.

cinemad on March 12, 2013 at 3:14 am

what a beautiful old lady this theatre is..shame so many of her conteparies have already died….

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on January 6, 2014 at 8:37 am

Here’s a blog post with some recent photographs of the Lyric Theatre

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