Lyric Theatre

214 Commerce Avenue,
Commerce, OK 74339

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At this time there seems to be little available material on the Lyric Theatre.
It is suspected that the Lyric Theatre is visible in the below 1917 photo of early day Commerce. Photo right exhibits a "nickelodeon" styled building with an arched entryway. The name is not legible, but this could well have been the Lyric Building. And isn’t there a movie six sheet on that sidewall?
Maybe one of the Commerce old timers can fill us in with further detail.

Contributed by Cactus Jack

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raybradley
raybradley on September 2, 2009 at 10:48 am

Certianly I would agree that (with all those poster ads and boxoffice) this is indeed an image of an old movie house, but the closer view indicates the theatre name was Electric. Perhaps the Lyric & Electric were one and the same.
http://schehrer2.homestead.com/Commerce8.html

raybradley
raybradley on September 3, 2009 at 6:33 am

J. Schehrer recently wrote to me saying;
“It seems to me like that there was a theater on the south side of Commerce Ave and it was right near where the old Black Cat Cafe was located. I am not sure about that since I lived at Miami back then."
This may have been the Lyric Theatre. If so, then the Electric Theatre was a completely different cinema.

raybradley
raybradley on September 4, 2009 at 6:30 am

J. Schehrer looked up the Lyric Theatre in the 1941 Commerce City Directory, the address was 214 Commerce. Mr. Sschehrer also wrote that the building was demolished years ago.

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