Lyric Theatre

689 N. Clinton Avenue,
Rochester, NY 14605

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Previous Names: Lyric Art Theatre

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The Lyric Theatre was located at 611 Clinton Avenue N. The theatre was so successful that in 1911 a new Lyric Theatre was opened at 689 N. Clinton Avenue Theatre programs show that this theatre was showing double features from 1929 through the early-1930’s.

The Lyric Theatre was closed in 1962. In on May 24, 1963 it went over to screening adult movies as the Lyric Art Theatre. It had been screening “Analyze Your Sex” on July 4, 1971 when an arson attack closed the theatre.

Contributed by Bruce Calvert

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Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on July 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Here is a theater program from the Lyric Theatre in Rochester for the week of October 19, 1930.

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on July 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm

And here is another theater program from the Lyric Theatre in Rochester, this one featuring Clara Bow, for the week of February 9, 1930.

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on August 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Here is another program from the Lyric Theatre, from the week of May 31, 1931.

rivest266 on January 24, 2016 at 8:34 am

May 24th, 1963 grand opening ad as Lyric Art in the photo section. It was the first adult cinema in Rochester.

dallasmovietheaters on January 9, 2018 at 5:48 pm

The original location of Harry F. Kurtz’s on the 600 block of Clinton Lyric Theatre proved so successful that he moved a few doors down re-opening this Lyric Theatre in 1911. The Lyric converted to sound and survived to the end of October 1962.

The theatre converted to an adult cinema and was constantly under city scrutiny. The final film appears to be “Analyze Your Sex” on July 4, 1971 with ads continuing the next four days but likely not shown due to arson at the theatre on July 4th. The Upper Falls Urban Renewal Project which had previously taken control of the building knocked it down less than two weeks after the last show.

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