Wayne Theatre

1014 S. Calhoun Street,
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

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Exterior of the Lyric Theatre on South Calhoun Street.

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Originally opened as the Lyric Theatre in 1908, this theater has long since vanished…

Contributed by Bryan

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 21, 2006 at 7:46 pm

That link is long gone. The theaters in Fort Wayne on 11/5/22 were the Lyric, Jefferson, Orpheum, Strand, Palace, Hippodrome, Creighton, Transfer and Grand.

millsbranch
millsbranch on April 9, 2009 at 2:22 pm

The Wayne theater at 1014 South Calhoun was opened in 1941 by Maller Theater Circuit.
It was first opened about 1908 as the Lyric, however Mallers bought
the theater, and promptly changed its name to the Riley.
They decided to again change its name, this time to the Wayne, which was very popular during it hey-day.

millsbranch
millsbranch on April 9, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Should say posted by Billy Smith, Don lewis & Billy h.

DonLewis
DonLewis on August 29, 2010 at 11:29 pm

From the early 1900s a postcard view of the Lyric Theatre before it became the Wayne.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 10, 2010 at 4:45 am

The Lyric was built in 1908, according to a history of Fort Wayne published in 1917. Originally a vaudeville house, it had been converted to a movie theater by the time the book was written.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 27, 2012 at 6:16 am

A book about Fort Wayne published by the Fort Wayne News in 1913 attributes the design of the Lyric Theatre to one of the town’s leading architects of the period, John M. E. Riedel. He also designed the Empress Theatre.

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