Lyceum Theatre

423 W. Superior Street,
Duluth, MN 55802

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Said to be Duluth’s first “fire-proof” theatre. It was built for live theatre in 1892, but in 1921 it was converted to showing movies.

The Lyceum Theatre was closed in the early-1960’s and was demolished in 1963.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 25, 2007 at 6:41 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 368 style 235 was installed in the Lyceum Theater on 11/29/1920. Status: sold.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 6, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Here is a circa 1907 postcard view.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm

The Duluth Public Library posted this brief entry about the Lyceum on their weblog. It says the Lyceum opened in 1892, and was designed by Traphagen and Fitzpatrick. It was demolished in 1966.

There are thumbnail biographies of the architects on this page. Oliver Traphagen later moved to Hawaii, and was the architect of the Moana Hotel.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 10, 2009 at 9:39 am

The year given for this photo is 1910.

DonLewis on August 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm

From the 1920s a view of the Lyceum Theatre in Duluth.

culpurple on November 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

It’s hard to tell in any of the photo links above but this theater was adorned with high-quality stone carvings, the work of George Thrana. Thrana’s talent can still be found in Duluth on the facade of the old Duluth Central School, now the school district’s administrative building. The Board of Trade Building downtown on First Street is also graced by Thrana’s stone carvings. On either side of the Lyceum’s entrance stone carved Theatrical Masques were salvaged and are installed at the entrance to the Duluth Playhouse Theater in the historic Duluth Depot. The Lyceum was demolished in 1963.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 28, 2010 at 1:24 am

The exterior style of the Lyceum is predominantly Romanesque Revival. I’ve never found any interior photos.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 28, 2010 at 11:46 am

The Lyceum in Duluth is listed in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. L. Scott and T. Marsh, Mgrs. 1,664 seats. Ticket prices 25 cents to $1.25; electric illumination, auditorium on the ground floor. The proscenium opening was 30 feet wide X 39 feet high, and the stage was 45 feet deep. There were 12 in the house orchestra. Duluth had 2 daily newspapers and 3 weeklies; and there were 4 hotels for show folk. The 1897 population of Duluth was 75,000.

culpurple on February 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Here is a link with an interior view of the Lyceum and its three balconies:
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