Lyric Theatre

111 Washington Street,
Huntsville, AL 35801

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Lyric Theatre

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The Lyric Theatre was a nickelodeon owned by Walter Humphrey and was purchased by Charles A Crute and Acklin Ragland in 1912 and renamed the Lyric Theatre. It was located on Washington Street and its address on Washington changed numerous times being at 113, 114 and 116, but wound up as 111 Washington Street.

The first movie with sound was shown in Hunstville in 1929 at the Lyric. The Lyric theatre was destroyed on December 25, 1930 by a fire that swept through part of Washington Street.

The theatre was rebuilt after the fire and reopened on December 7, 1931. The article from the Huntsville Times stated that this was the fourth theatre built on the site by the Lyric Amusement Company within the last 21 years. The theatre seated 902 people and the entire building was indirectly lighted. It had a Western Electric sound system and the marquee sign was operated by improved flashers operated by mercury tubes, which did not interfere with local radio reception like the previous ones.

In 1943, Fritz H. Thomas was the manager of the Lyric Amusement Co, and the company operated the Lyric, Grand, and Elks Theatres in Huntsville. By 1953, Charles A. Crute was the president and Mrs. Martha Fleming was the vice president, and the company operated the Lyric, Elks, and the Whitesburg Drive-In Theatres.

The Lyric’s last day of business was December 21, 1978. The building was destroyed by fire on January 8, 1982 and nothing has been built on the site since.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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DonLewis
DonLewis on July 3, 2008 at 2:54 pm

A 1986 view of the boarded up remains of Lyric Theatre in Huntsville.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on December 8, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Here is a link to a post on the current status of the theatre, with some fascinating interior photos.

Allan
Allan on January 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm

The previous entry on 12/08/09 features a link to pictures of the Birmingham, Alabama Lyric theatre and not Huntsville. It is also posted on the Lyric site for Birmingham. The Huntsville Lyric was a downtown theatre and unfortunately was not as ornate as the Birmingham theatre. Both cities also had an Alabama theatre but Hunstville’s Alabama theatre was not close to the Lyric and was located on Memorial Parkway adjacent to The Mall.

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