Lyric Theater

122 E. Main Street S,
Flatonia, TX 78941

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Lyric in Flatonia, TX

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This started out life in 1879 as the Foster Building(s). Live productions and silent movies were brought to town and presented in the Aerodome just down the street in an empty lot. The Foster Building(s) started out as the Happy Hour Theatre when the weather got bad they would bring the productions inside.

It was still known as the Happy Hour Theatre in 1929, but by 1931 had been renamed Lyric Theater. In the 1950’s it received a facelift and marquee along with its balcony. In 1967 the final show was “Beach Blanket Bingo”. After several owners, in the late summer of 2016 the Lyric Theater is about to open its doors again for movies, live performances and events.

Contributed by James Longmire, Seth Gaines

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James
James on May 31, 2009 at 11:45 am

To all the wonderful photographers, please feel free to stop next door at the cabinet shop and say “HOWDY” I’d be happy to give you an inside tour of the Lyric.

I am the current owner and starting in June, along with the Chamber of Commerce we will be bringing an old tradition back by showing outdoor movies from June through August. June will be John Wayne month featuring 4 of his films — The Cowboys (June 5th) , The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (June 12th) , The Sons of Katie Elder ( June 19th) and finally True Grit (June 26th). These are free movies shown outdoors in the empty lot next door.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on May 31, 2009 at 12:02 pm

I have to go to San Antonio tomorrow morning, then to Houston, I’ll be driving right by in the afternoon. I’ll stop and take some photos if anyone is interested. Even if you’re not, I’ll take some anyways.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 1, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Sorry guys, stopped by today right after 4:00, waited until close to 5:00. Never got in, no one was around… Maybe some other time.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 5, 2009 at 1:07 pm

James, you have no contact info, and I’ve been by there 3 times in June, and no one is ever around. I’d like to take some photos for the group.

James
James on August 16, 2009 at 8:30 am

August 21, 2009, marks the end of the Lyric’s second successful “Movies On Main” program. This is an outdoor series of films shown in the empty lot next door, onto a screen painted on side of the Lyric.

Hopefully this fall when it gets just a little cooler the clean up / out of the Lyric can start. This will allow interior renovations to begin, and its going to take a lot.

James
James on July 3, 2011 at 5:16 pm

The Movies On Main program is back for the summer of 2011. This year sponsored by the City of Flatonia, with each movie being sponsored by a movie loving donor. If you are in the area on friday night at sundown, feel free to stop by and enjoy a great movie under the stars. Check out the current showings on the Lyric Theater’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lyric-Theater/274919382438

Feel free to “LIKE” us there!

James
James on July 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Just uploaded a few more photos mostly from our town’s museum. Thanks to Judy Pate for supplying me with them. There’s also a very cool “Night” shot from just after one of our “Movies On Main” showing last week.

James
James on May 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Movies On Main, back for our 4th season of outdoor movies show on the wall of the Lyric Theater. Planning for a GREAT season, starting up with “UP” June 2nd 9 pm ish, Stop by and have a nice relaxing night at the movies!

James
James on March 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm

April 8th and 9th 2016 the Lyric Theater will be hosting its FIRST live performance. Making Love in Public, a romantic comedy will be presented by Smithvilleplayhouse.com beginning at 7:30 pm. Many exciting things are beginning to happen at the Lyric stay tuned.

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