Lyric Theatre

5 Miller Street,
Warren, RI 02885

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Lyric Theatre

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The Lyric Theatre in Warren closed many decades ago. The building became an antique store. Today it operates as a gift store.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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RozinFlorida
RozinFlorida on November 11, 2009 at 6:09 pm

My brother dreamed of being the kid behind the curtain when he grew up. The kid would peep out at the projection booth, then open the curtain, just before showtime. IN those day,s you got a newsreel, cartoons, a serial (guy always falling out fo a plane and next week, into a hayloft), the feature, and would finish up with a 3 Stooges episode. You got your money’s worth then.

The theater had two aisles, hence two small side sections. My mother wouldn’t allow us to sit anywhere but in that side section AND in the row which led to the side door (fires).

RozinFlorida
RozinFlorida on November 11, 2009 at 6:12 pm

I also remember the very peculiar odor in the ladies room. You had to be desperate to use that horrible toilet. I remember the big mirror over the grungy sink, too.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Roz in Florida,
With your reference to the posters of In Harm’s Way and Frankie and Johnny, the theatre must have closed in or around 1966.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 8, 2010 at 10:55 pm

I think “IN HARM’S WAY” came out in 1965.Don’t know about “FRANKIE and JOHNNY”.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 8, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Frankie and Johnny was released to the US on March 31, 1966.

In Harm’s Way on April 6th, 1965.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 25, 2010 at 9:43 am

Item in Boxoffice magazine, June 12, 1961:

Joseph J. Modleski buys Rhode Island Theatres
WARREN. R.I. —-Joseph J. Modleski has purchased two Rhode Island Theatres, the Lyric in Warren and the Pastime in Bristol, effective as of June 1. Modleski has been operating both of the situations on lease the last two years from the estate of Lon Vail.

Prior to leasing the Lyric and Pastime, Modleski had served as manager pf the Lyric for Vail until the latter’s death. Modleski broke into motion picture exhibition in August 1920 as an usher at the Lyric Theatre. He told BOXOFFICE that he plans to make alterations at both of the theatres.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm

In September 1926, this theatre was part of the eleven-theatre Celebrate Paramount Week.
Newspaper ad.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm

In September 1922 this theatre was part of Rhode Island’s Paramount Week. Click to see the ad in Providence News, September 1, 1922, which contains a list of all participating theatres as well as the films shown that week.

PART ONE OF AD
PART TWO OF AD

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on May 24, 2015 at 8:35 pm

LYRIC THEATRE< 1941 PHOTO, FROM MGM REPORT Thanks to Theatre Historical Society of America.

robjen326
robjen326 on October 23, 2017 at 2:53 pm

I remember Joe as being pretty strict about no talking during movies. He would patrol the aisles looking for chatting.

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