Lyric Theatre

South First Street,
San Jose, CA

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This theater was a relic of the nickelodeon era. It was located across Second Street from the Jose Theatre (still standing, restored). A parking lot exists on the site of the Lyric.

The Lyric’s vertical sign, decorated with a Classical Lyre motif, exists in the collection of the History Museums of San Jose, in storage.

Contributed by Gary Parks

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GaryParks
GaryParks on March 22, 2005 at 9:24 pm

Minor correction: The Lyric’s final sign—a neon piece which succeeded the sign shown in the photo—was not a vertical, but rather a horozontal swing-out sign.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 13, 2008 at 4:34 pm

I was reading an article about the Unique Theater in San Jose, opened by 20 year old Sid Grauman in 1903. Ticket taker and janitor was Roscoe Arbuckle. The theater was used for vaudeville and silent films, and was later wrecked in an earthquake. I don’t think we have this in the San Jose theaters. If I’m correct, I will go ahead and add it.

GaryParks
GaryParks on April 21, 2008 at 9:50 pm

I recently read that the Lyric was torn down in 1959.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 14, 2009 at 8:33 am

This photo is probably from the mid or late teens:
http://tinyurl.com/n5e5t6

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