447 Washington Street,
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The building this theater was located in offered live entertainment for years, last known as the Lyceum Theater. In 1906 it became the Lyric Theater, and vaudeville and photoplays were offered. Although the building was remodeled in 1911, it was closed down by the city’s Fire Marshall in 1912.
In 1914 the “New Lyric” opened with 1,500 seats, and a major upgrading. Again, vaudeville and movies were offered. On Sundays, only movies were shown. The Lyric Theater was an aging theater, and new movie palaces were opening or planned for downtown Buffalo, and in 1921 the last shows were given.
The theater was torn down at once, and the grand 3,382-seat Lafayette Theater put up in its place. That theater was razed in 1962, replaced by a parking lot.
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