411 Main Street,
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Firms: Boller Brothers
Functions: Live Performances, Performing Arts
Styles: Mission Revival
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.
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My photograph of the LYCEUM (less the boarded up portion)
The theater is now listed on the Register, along with five others in New Mexico:
A 1959 Clovis High School graduate recalls bits about lots of Clovis theatres on this page:
Search for the two paragraphs beginning
“I remember all the theaters and drive-ins"
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:
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.
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/
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?
JOE VOGEL – never heard of the Rex. if you find out anything about it, please let me know at
I added a 1900 postcard promoting an earlier Lyceum Theatre in Clovis. Also here is the Cinematour link about the Lyceum, with a little more history.