Lyceum Theatre

906 Third Avenue,
New York, NY 10022

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Situated near 55th Street, the Lyceum was an early East Side cinema that did not survive the transition to sound movies. More information is needed about the Lyceum’s history and the current status of the site.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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EMarkisch on March 26, 2008 at 10:39 am

906 Third Avenue is now the address of “Flowers by Nicholas” which occupies street level retail space in an apartment building on the corner of 55th and 3rd. The apartment buiding is post 1950 confirming that the Lyceum, or any vestiges thereof, no longer exists.

CSWalczak on February 9, 2010 at 2:22 am

Here’s a picture of a very old Lyceum Theater in New York; unfortunately, unlike most of the pictures on this website, no address is given, so it may or may not be this particular Lyceum:

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 23, 2010 at 11:52 am

Featured in a 1920 Paramount Week ad.

EMarkisch on February 23, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I do not believe that the picture of the Lyceum Theatre linked above on 2/9/10 is the one at 3rd Avenue and 55th Street.
The reason being is that “Annie Russell”, whose name is on the marquee and who was a prominent actress at the time, appeared in 4 different plays at the Lyceum Theatre between April 1897 and March 1902. This particular Lyceum was built in 1885 on 4th Avenue (now Park Avenue South?) between 23rd and 24th Streets. It had the distinction of being built under the personal supervision of Thomas Edison and being the first theater in New York City to be entirely lighted by electricity. The Lyceum was demolished in 1902 because the site was annexed by the
Met Life Building.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 17, 2012 at 11:29 am

The Lyceum must have been in operation by 1915. A Lyceum Theatre Company is listed at 906 3rd Avenue in the 1915 edition of Polk’s New York Copartnership and Corporation Directory.

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