Melba Theatre

214 Grand Avenue,
Houston, MO 65483

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Melba Theatre

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The Lyric Theatre was opened July 24, 1920. It was renamed Melba Theatre on November 19, 1931. It was rebuilt in 1940 and was renamed New Melba Theatre (later becoming the Melba Theatre). This small and modestly styled modern style theatre is currently vacant. The theatre has a very plain marquee with unusual free-standing neon above. Unfortunately, most of it is broken, and it’s hard to tell what it said. There is a neon ’M' on the facade above the marquee.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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Seth
Seth on August 27, 2004 at 3:51 am

Looks like my comment didn’t make it in. Thanks to Charles Van Bibber for the ID on this one.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 15, 2010 at 2:30 am

From 2010 a photo Here and Here of the Main Theater in Houston Missouri.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 6, 2013 at 12:06 am

Could this be the Melba theatre?

Chris1982
Chris1982 on August 30, 2014 at 5:33 am

This theatre goes back to prior to 1925 when it was known as the Lyric Theatre. The theatre was wired for sound in 1931. It was renamed the Melba in 1932 when it seated 220. In 1940 a new theatre was built on the site and was opened as the New Melba Theatre seating 375. The theatre was reseated in 1947 to 325 and then being known as just the Melba Theatre, the New was dropped. The Melba was still listed as open in the early-1960’s.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on May 10, 2016 at 4:39 am

Grand opening ad for the Lyric Theatre in Houston on July 24, 1920 is posted in photos. Grand opening ad as Melba on November 19, 1931 also in photos.

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