Lyric Theatre

116 W. Fourth Street,
Marion, IN 46952

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Lyric Theatre

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kencmcintyre on December 27, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Here is a January 1939 article from the Prescott Evening Courier:

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm

This may be an image of this theatre. This also appears to be the same theatre as the luna-lite.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 13, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Broan: trade journals from the 1920s mention the Luna Lite and Lyric Theatres being in operation at the same time, so they were not the same theater. We’ve apparently just got the wrong address for one or the other of them, though I don’t know which.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 14, 2013 at 11:50 am

This web page about four of Marion’s theaters says that the Lyric was located at 118 W. Fourth Street, across the street from the Luna-Lite Theatre, so the Lyric is the one we currently have listed with the wrong address. The page says the Lyric was demolished in 1952.

The Lyric Theatre was built in 1916 by the owners of the Luna-Lite Theatre. An item about the project appeared in the February 12 issue of The Moving Picture World:

“Marion, Ind.—Incorporation papers have been filed in Indianapolis for the formation of the Washington Theater Company headed by B. F. Metcalf, of the Luna Lite theater, Marion, Indiana. Associated with Mr. Metcalf are a number of Marion capitalists. The stock in the company has been subscribed and negotiations have been closed for the site of the Mecca Club on West Fourth street where a $35,000 theater will be erected.”

“Mr. Metcalf has conducted the LunaLite theater in a most succesful way and had no trouble at all in financing the bigger theater.”

A 1916 program for the Lyric Theatre that was listed at auction site WorthPoint (link, probably temporary) says at the bottom of the front cover that the house was owned by the Washington Theatre Company, so there can be no mistake that it was the same house.

Daddyo on October 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm

We currently own the building where the theatre was. It is 116 W 4th St. The image above is not correct. I will post a picture of the theatre then and now.

Esteyman on March 26, 2016 at 2:10 pm

I found some really fascinating stuff about the Marion theaters, and particularly their organs. The Lyric had a Moller. The Royal Grand had a series of 3 pipe organs, starting in 1914. The last one, built in 1925, was a 4-manual Page organ (same company as the one at the Embassy in Fort Wayne), that was only used for 3 years before the theater was closed with the advent of talkies.

I wrote all this up in my new book, “The Harmonious Echo: The Life and Times of the Barley Memorial Organ,” which is available from What I could not find was a photo of the Royal Grand Theater in Marion. If anybody has one, I would love to get a scan of it.

And, yes, the Luna-Lite was across the street from the Lyric. The Luna-Lite had a reputation for having really excellent promotional art in the lobby – all locally produced.

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