Lyric Theatre

765 Granville Street,
Vancouver, BC V6Z

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Lyric Theatre

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The Canadian Pacific Railway built the Vancouver Opera House and was opened on February 9, 1891. It was adjacent to the first Hotel Vancouver on Granville Street between Robson Street and Georgia Street with 2,000 seats.

The first performance Wagner’s Lohengrin by touring group Emma Juch Grand English Opera Company. Sarah Bernhardt had also arrived and appeared in Fédora and “La Tosca”. CPR owned this theatre until 1909.

In 1913, it was taken over by the Orpheum Circuit and was refurbished to be renamed the Orpheum Theatre. This would be the 2nd theatre in the city to grace this name. (The first being the old Alhambra Theatre). It was briefly called the Vancouver Theatre, then the Lyric Theatre, then International Cinema before reverting to the Lyric Theatre. The theatre was closed and demolished in 1969 to make way for Project 42.

Contributed by Sean Jung

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 2, 2012 at 6:49 am

Here is a picture from 1961 according to the caption from the City of Vancouver archives. If you click upon it to enlarge it, a two-man play featuring Hal Holbrook and George Voskovec called “Do You Know the Milky Way?” is the current attraction.

Splashcat66
Splashcat66 on October 26, 2013 at 8:26 am

Some dates

Orpheum opened March 17 1913 … … … Lyric opened July 26 1935 … … International Cinema closed December 10 1960 Lyric opened November 6 1964 Lyric closed March 23 1969

The offices first appear in the 1915 Vancouver City directory.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on October 26, 2013 at 10:12 am

This theatre was under the direction of Famous Players Canadian Corporation.

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