Lyric Theatre

214 Cookman Avenue,
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

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Previously operated by: Walter Reade Theatres

Previous Names: Park Theatre

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Circa 1965. Photo courtesy of Dorn's Classic Images,

The Lyric Theatre was opened in the 1910’s. It was still listed as open in the 1951 edition of Film Daily Yearbook, and continued to operate until at least 1965.

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GaryCrawford on October 17, 2007 at 10:30 am

I was working there as projectionist the night Willie Plummer was shot during a robbery. Although shot in the face, he got off lucky and recovered fully.

What a night that was.

GaryCrawford on October 25, 2007 at 11:11 am

Elmer Vaughn was killed on 9-14-1920 during a robbery, and died of knife wounds. Age 34 years, 6 months, 25 days. He is buried at Mount Prospect Cemetery in Neptune, Plot #477. (His grandson requested info in this website, and I was president of Mount Prospect for many years, and my wife catalogued some 12,000 burials there)

Hi George.

GilbertCarney on November 7, 2007 at 2:13 pm

I was working there as projectionist the night Willie Plummer was shot ?? mmmmmmmmmmmmm. Really???????

gjoynson on November 7, 2007 at 5:34 pm

While researching Vaughn’s murder in 1920, I found several advertisements for the Lyric Theatre and will try to post them to this websight. Vaughn showed silent movies to his audiences and the Lyric Theatre also offered matinees. Vaughn also worked for McDonough’s Cafeteria on the corner of Kingsley Street and Second Avenue in Asbury Park, which offered live musicals during the 1920s. There should be a separate listing for McDonough’s.

Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on September 14, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Just passed by this site yesterday. This site is a vacnt lot and the intro should be changed to demolished.

nycnftm on April 30, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Inside circa 1926 Lyric Theater
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Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on January 1, 2012 at 6:48 am

The Lyric is most definitely demolished.

DavidZornig on July 15, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Just added a photo circa 1965 courtesy of Dorn’s Classic Images, Found on the Robert’s World Facebook page.

It also confirms the Lyric was open at least until 1965, beyond the 1951 date in the Overview.

rivest266 on September 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm

1912 grand opening ad uploaded in the photo section of this theatre.

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