205 N. 5th Street,
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A history of Beatrice was published in the Beatrice Daily Sun on August 22, 1952. It was noted that the first theatre mentioned in the Sun in 1902 was the Auditorium at this location.
The Lyric Theatre opened at the Auditorium on May 2, 1907, and the Sun reported, “The program consisted of moving pictures and illustrated songs. For producing the pictures the Kinderome is used. It is an electrical arrangement by which perfect effects are produced.” (In 1913 they installed the Edison Kinetephone). In 1915 a reference is made that Nelson and Hansen, managers of the Jewel Theatre, had leased the Lyric Theatre.
The Elks Lodge later purchased the Lyric Theatre and in 1922 it was renovated from the plans of architect, R.W. Grant. From the news it appears that the Lyric Theatre was just used mainly as a lodge and public meeting hall and didn’t advertised in the Sun with the other theatres (there, however, was a Lyric Theatre in the nearby city of Wymore that advertised in the Sun).
In September of 1930 the Sun referred to it as the former Lyric Theatre and it was said the Elks had burned the mortgage. The Elks moved out of the building in 1976 and today the location is the parking lot next to the police department.
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