Lyric Theater

2245 Pitkin Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11207

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Lyric Theater

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This was a small neighborhood theater located in the East New York section of Brooklyn. The Hendrix Theatre was opened in 1915. The 500-seat theatre also had an 800-seat open-air roof theatre. In 1935, it was renamed Lyric Theatre, and was closed in 1952.

It was converted into factory use, with some storage and office use. It has now been demolished.

Contributed by EastNY Phil

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 7, 2004 at 7:37 am

The theatre was previously known as the Hendrix, with a seating capacity variously reported as 600 or 500 in early Film Daily Year Books. It was re-named the Lyric circa 1935-36, with the seating capacity reduced to 400.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 10, 2004 at 9:45 am

There was another Lyric Theatre in Brooklyn, possibly also known as the Brooklyn Lyric. Circa 1934-38, it was advertised just as the Lyric and presenting Yiddish stage plays. The address was 16 Seigel Street, near Manhattan Avenue.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 4, 2006 at 4:24 am

This might be the Lyric previously known as the Hendrix. The determining factor would be the train structure. Did Pitkin Avenue ever have an el?:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/lyriccorner.jpg

Bway
Bway on November 4, 2007 at 10:54 am

Brooklyn Jim asked me to post this photo….I hope this is the right Lyric Theater….

Click here for photo

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 4, 2007 at 11:37 am

No, that’s Berenice Abbott’s famous photo of the Lyric Theatre at 100 Third Avenue in Manhattan.

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on March 10, 2008 at 10:12 pm

According to “Nickelodeon Theatres and Their Music”, page 143, the Lyric in Brooklyn had a large Wurlitzer photoplayer circa 1914. From the tiny photo it looks like a model H or K.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 4, 2008 at 12:08 pm

A new link to an image that may or may not be this Lyric Theatre. To further add to the confusion, the February 25th, 1932 issue of Box Office Magazine reported the Hendrix Theatre as not only closed, but also demolished!
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tapeshare
tapeshare on May 8, 2008 at 7:41 pm

I can confirm Warren’s picture is the Lyric Theater that was
located at 2245 Pitkin Avenue off Hendrix Street. I don’t have a
closing date but a CO was issued for a factory at this location in
1954.

martinreck
martinreck on December 7, 2009 at 5:00 pm

This was one of the two small theaters I first attended alone as a child around 1950-52(the other was the Miller on Sutter Avenue), as I lived within two blocks of both of them. I remember the admission for children was 12 cents for weekday matinees and 20 cents on weekends. Interestingly, the manager told my father that he needed to do about $200 per day to make ends meet, and that he was having problems doing that. TV, of course, was already becoming popular in NY by then. Since I left the neighborhood in late 1952, I have no idea how long the Lyric(or the Miller) lasted.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 16, 2012 at 7:23 am

I think the street view clearly shows that this theater has been demolished. The view evidences a vacant lot at the northwest corner of Pitkin Avenue and Hendrix Street, where the Lyric once stood. A status update is in order.

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