300 E. Third Street,
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The Art Deco style of the Lyric Theatre and it’s marquee lit up the corner of E. 3rd Street and DeWeese Street from the early-1940’s.
A leading entertainment center in the African-American community, the Lyric Theatre hosted first-run films, black films and entertainers like The Temptations, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, The Ink Spots, and Redd Foxx.
The Lyric’s decline began with the integration of Lexington’s other theatres and it closed in 1963.
The property became part of a dispute between a private owner and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, which sought to condemn it in order to bring the property into the public domain and restore it to usefulness in the community.
The Lyric Theatre is not listed in the Film Daily Yearbook, 1941 (main list) but it is listed in the “Negro Theatres” section. It is listed in the FDY, 1950 in both the main list and “Negro Theatres” section.
The Lyric Theatre was reopened as a performing arts center on October 30, 2010.
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