Lyric Theatre

518 E. Main Street,
Petersburg, IN 47567

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The Lyric Theatre opened as a movie theatre by 1907. By 1950 it was operated by Alliance Theaters Inc. of Indianapolis, IN.

The theatre closed sometime in 1955 and since, the auditorium portion has been demolished. The entrance and lobby area housed an insurance agency, but that has been demolished.

Contributed by Chuck

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SethG on April 11, 2021 at 12:08 pm

Description needs to be rewritten.

The insurance office is still on the 2018 streetview, and is an ugly little thing that looks like it was built to replace the theater and neighboring building.

The 1907 Sanborn shows a large one-story brick building on the corner of Main and 6th. The corner storefront is a cobbler. The larger portion to the south is labeled ‘Moving Pictures’. A two story section at the rear is used as a warehouse with entry from 6th. A note over the theater space says ‘To build opera house here’.

By 1921, the Lyric occupies the same space as before, but the warehouse space behind the theater is now incorporated (although a wall is still shown between the two spaces). The capacity is shown as 200. The height of the structure has changed from 14 to 24 feet. The address is shown as 518-520. The corner space at 522 is now a restaurant and confectionery.

SethG on April 11, 2021 at 12:42 pm

One other note: This lot in 1899 is partially empty, with a two-story saloon on the corner, which may have been incorporated into the larger complex.

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