Lyric Theatre

N. Lewis Street,
Glenville, WV 26351

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Lyric Theatre

The Lyric Theatre opened in 1940. It was a rather large theatre for a small town seating 788 and in operation at the same time as the much smaller Pictureland Theatre. The Lyric Theatre was closed by 1956.

Any additional information on the Lyric would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 12, 2018 at 4:43 am

The March 11, 1939 issue of Boxoffice had this news from Glenville:

“Lyric to Haney

“Glenville, W. Va. — H. L. Stump has withdrawn from the operation of the new Lyric Theatre which was opened here less than two months ago. Bruce Haney is now in charge.”

The New Lyric Theatre was advertised in the January 17, 1939 issue of The Glenville Mercury.

There are references to an earlier house called the Lyric Theatre in Glenville, operating at least as early as 1925, which might have been the year it opened. The 1926 FDY has listings for the Pictureland Theatre and an “M. P. Theatre” at Glenville, which might indicate that the new house hadn’t yet been opened or named when the yearbook went to press sometime in late 1925.

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