Lyric Theatre

12952 Western Avenue,
Blue Island, IL 60406

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Lyric Theatre, Blue Island, IL

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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.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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GrandMogul
GrandMogul on February 8, 2007 at 7:29 am

Would you believe that film and recording star Doris Day opened the new Lyric in 1962? The following item will explain:

Chicago Tribune, Sunday, December 16, 1962, s. 5, p. 10, c. 1 (item with photo of Miss Day):

FILM NOTES

Doris Day will officially open the new Lyric theater in Blue Island, by pressing a button 2,300 miles away. Next Friday, in Los Angeles, Miss Day on the lot of Universal-International pictures will press a key that will be heard at the premiere festivities of the Lyric, 12952 S. Western av., at 7:30 pm. When the sound is heard Mayor John F. Hart of Blue Island will cut the ceremonial ribbon to mark the official opening of the theater.


NOTE: Most interesting, but since it was 2,300 miles away in some room somewhere at Universal, how would they know for sure that Miss Day pressed the signal, or someone else?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 8, 2007 at 7:43 am

Couldn’t it be entercation instead of edutainment? What’s the difference? Civilization is crumbling.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on February 16, 2007 at 3:54 pm

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Man, I haven’t heard about this place in years. Figured it was long gone by now.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on December 10, 2008 at 9:11 am

If I remember clearly, this theatre was once a Plitt.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 14, 2009 at 11:56 am

Excellent Lyric pic from the 80’s here:

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 16, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Prior to its destruction by fire on St. Valentine’s Day in 1960, the Lyric was operated under lease by Publix Great States Theatres. The new house was to be leased to Square Amusement Co., a subsidiary of Great States.

I’m wondering of the seating capacity of 939 currently listed above was for the old Lyric? Two issues of Boxoffice (March 26, 1962, and February 4, 1963) each give the seating capacity of the rebuilt theater as 800. The 1962 item mentions that seats “…of the new wide variety….” were planned for the new Lyric.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on January 31, 2011 at 3:26 pm

The LYRIC Theatre facade is featured toward the beginning of the 2011 picture “The Rite”, though it doesn’t figure into the plot. The letterboard in the storyline and in real life reads “Redemption Theater”.

wolfjr79
wolfjr79 on July 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Man…I remember seeing He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword here along with Transformers the Movie (the animated one of course). Saw Flight of the Navigator here. Good times.

dogvscat
dogvscat on January 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm

The current owner is the granddaughter of the long time owner. She is rallying support to try and re-open the theatre and is eager for community activism to do so. There is an upcoming meeting at the theatre. Sorry I don’t have that information currently.

thelyricmovienight81
thelyricmovienight81 on June 17, 2012 at 12:14 am

Please visit facebook.com/thelyricmovienight for listings and times

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