Lyric Theatre

625 W. Main Street,
Boise, ID 83702

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The Lyric Theatre was listed in the Boise city directory in 1909 with Herman Kaiser as the proprietor. The description given was: “Boise’s popular 10 cent theatre. All the latest moving pictures and illustrated songs. Music furnished by the Kaiser Orchestra.”

The Lyric Theatre was located in the 1879-built Perrault-Fritchman building at Main Street and Capitol Boulevard. It closed before the Egyptian Theatre, which it is kitty corner to, opened in 1927. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Goldy’s Corner, a popular restaurant, opened in the building in June of 2011.

The Idaho Daily Statesman in 2009 said that there was another Lyric Theatre at 913 Main Street, which operated from 1932 to 1941. That address would place the later Lyric Theatre where the now demolished Boise Theatre was.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 26, 2018 at 12:21 am

I’ve come across an item in the May 27, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World which might or might not have to do with the Lyric Theatre, but does have something to do with its owner, Herman Kaiser. It says “Jack Mitchell has opened the old Kaiser theater at Boise and renamed it the Liberty.”

The Kaiser Theater was listed in the 1914 Gus Hill directory as a movie house with 408 seats, managed by Herman Kaiser. The 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory lists both the Lyric Theatre, Main Street, and the Kaiser Theatre, 7th and Main Streets, but the address we give for the Lyric, 625 W. Main, is in fact a building at the corner of 7th and Main, now occupied by Goldy’s Corner, a bakery and coffee shop.

I’m thinking that Mr. Kaiser might have renamed the Lyric after himself around this time, and the 1914 AMPD could have double listed the house under both its old an new names. Of course it’s also possible that Mr. Kaiser opened a second theater on one of the other three corners of the intersection.

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