12952 Western Avenue,
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The Lyric Theatre was opened in 1917, and was located a couple blocks away from Blue Island’s then main entertainment center, the Grand Opera House. After a fire in 1924, the Grand was rebuilt as a movie house, showing mostly B-grade features, while the Lyric showed the more mainstream Hollywood films.
The Lyric was destroyed in a 1960 blaze which occured during a children’s matinee. Fortunately, everyone in the Lyric escaped uninjured. It was rebuilt and reopened, and began to show lower and lower quality films before it was finally closed in the late 80s.
The theater reopened in 1995 as the Dream Street Theatre, which presented both live entertainment and movies. In a year, the Dream Street closed and was later reopened again as the Legacy Theatre, as a live theater venue. In late 2003, the theater received a new name again, the Oasis Edutainment Theatre and underwent a $50,000 renovation.
Currently, the Lyric Theatre building is unused.
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