Lyceum Theatre

411 Main Street,
Clovis, NM 88101

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Lyceum Theatre

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The Lyceum opened in 1921, built for Eugene F. Hardwick for vaudeville and movies and was located on Main Street. It was designed by the Boller Brothers firm in Mission style.

The Lyceum showed its first “talking picture” in 1929, “Chinatown Nights”, with Wallace Beery. A year before, John Phillip Sousa and his band peformed at the Lyceum, debuting “The New Mexico March” there. Other celebrities to appear in person over the years at the theater included cowboy star Tom Mix and Shirley Temple.

After closing after a long career in 1974, the Lyceum was acquired by the city of Clovis in 1982, and has been restored and renovated. The Lyceum today functions as a performing arts venue.

Contributed by Bryan

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DonLewis
DonLewis on October 26, 2004 at 12:32 pm

Hello Bryan. I was wondering if you had visited Clovis and whether or not the STATE THEATER is still standing. Did you happen to note its street address?

Thanks………

Don Lewis

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 16, 2006 at 9:48 am

My photograph of the LYCEUM (less the boarded up portion)
www.flickr.com/photos/lastpictureshow/298832490

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 17, 2007 at 2:27 pm

The theater is now listed on the Register, along with five others in New Mexico:
http://www.freenewmexican.com/news/56526.html

rbrtptrck
rbrtptrck on June 16, 2008 at 10:59 pm

^^^^^^^^^^
A 1959 Clovis High School graduate recalls bits about lots of Clovis theatres on this page:
http://www.rednett.com/Bits.html
Search for the two paragraphs beginning
“I remember all the theaters and drive-ins"
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Melanys12
Melanys12 on January 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I was downtown over the weekend shooting photos for a class assignment. As I was outside the theater shooting, a lady came outside and asked if I’d like to see the inside – HECK YEAH!
I went inside with my camera, taking time to change a lens, and wish I’d grabbed my tripod.
I was expecting a run-down old movie theater, and boy was I surprised! I was FLOORED by the place, it’s beautiful! I hope I can get back in, and take more photos; this time with my tripod.

Photos are here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melanys/5387376391/

rbrtptrck
rbrtptrck on January 25, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Thank you, Mel :–) for the wonderful photos of the renovated Lyceum. I am sure that somewhere in Clovis there are such photos from the 1950s. There were photographers in the town who specialized in making photos of the interiors and exteriors of businesses for onwers or managers to hang in their offices.

rbrtptrck
rbrtptrck on August 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm

My memories of theatres in Clovis and Roswell in the 1950s http://robertpatrickpersonal.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/new-mexico-movie-houses-of-my-youth/

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Does anyone know what became of the Rex Theatre in Clovis? The January 17, 1931, issue of The Film Daily reported that Hardwick Bros. had recently opened the new, 800-seat Rex at Clovis. Could Rex be a forgotten aka for one of the theaters theaters in Clovis that is already listed, or was it a different house that has been lost?

rbrtptrck
rbrtptrck on June 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm

JOE VOGEL – never heard of the Rex. if you find out anything about it, please let me know at

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