Lyric Theatre (Old)

136-138 Water Street,
Binghamton, NY 13901

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adamghost on May 14, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Amazing to see a picture of this mysterious old place.

adamghost on September 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Correction: Not new Bijou, new Lyric. Arrgh.

adamghost on September 9, 2013 at 4:17 pm

What’s sad is the new Bijou that replaced this one only was open 15 years. It apparently closed at the very beginning of 1945. While we’ve finally located pictures of the later theatre, it would be really interesting to know what this one looked like.

This theatre, it seems, had nothing but problems.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm

The Encyclopedia of New York State credits architect Sanford O. Lacey with the design of the Bijou Theatre (Google Books preview.)

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

As the Bijou, this theater is listed under Binghamton in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. A. Fennyvessy was Mgr. 800 seats, theater was on first floor. Had both gas and electric illumination. The proscenium opening was 25 feet wide X 17.5 feet high, the stage was 23 feet deep. Another theater in Binghamton was the Stone Opera House. The 1897 population of Binghamton was 45,000.